An animal lover who travelled to Thailand to help dogs rescued from the meat trade says the trip was the most rewarding in her life.
Joanna Wills, 37, of Lawn Lane, Hemel Hempstead, took two weeks holiday from her job in cruise ship management to travel to the Asian country, where dogs are often kept in poor conditions and sold into the illegal meat trade.
Before she left, Joanna appealed for help from Dacorum vets for anything she could take to the charity Soi Dogs Foundation, for whom she volunteered from 7.30am to 5.30pm each day.
Vital equipment including bandages, surgical gloves and flea treatment was donated by Medivets centres in Risedale Road and Marlowes, as well as Apsley’s Pets at Home store. Joanna paid for her trip herself and also donated £500 to the charity while in Bangkok.
She said: “I was working hard, but I was doing the best thing I could ever do. It was pretty much top in my life experiences.
“People have told me they wouldn’t be able to do what I have done, but I see myself as lucky that I have a passion. It is more rewarding than anything I can possibly think of.”