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Find a Fuzzy Shelter Foreverpal on New Site by Chula Vet Students

Bangkok’s fur children got some help finding their people families thanks to a group of aspiring veterinarians who’ve launched an online catalog of all the strays waiting to be loved.

Looking to do something about the overpopulation of strays nationwide, four Chulalongkorn University students developed an adoption platform for the kingdom’s few shelters to help home the animals. 

“People have fewer human babies these days and more fur babies, so why don’t we take the chance to promote strays which never cease to exist on Thai streets?” said Nidchakan Jaiboon, one of four students who devised it for their senior project. 

After a year of work, Nidchakan along with Kamonwan Sengsen, Pimpakan Siangruangsaeng and Pimrampa  Kao-ian – all animals lovers – last month launched Rightbaan, which plays on how rai baan (homeless) sounds like a Thai-English hybrid for “Right Home.”

Load the site and find ready-to-adopt cats and dogs organized by size and age. Click a profile and find a short bio for each animal with their background and traits, along with information about their color, breed, sex, age and whether they’ve been sterilized or have any disabilities. From there, users interested in an animal are given contact information for their shelter and encouraged to call.

So far, animal shelters at Chulalongkorn University and Kasetsart University have joined the platform to list dogs and cats under their care for adoption as well as WVS Thailand and Soi Dog Foundation. 

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Rossukhon Kongket Alumni, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University