The King left the beach-front Klai Kangwon Palace in the afternoon for the shelter, which is home to more than 2,000 dogs in Soi Khao Noi village, Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Daily News online reported.
The shelter, which is part of Itisukhato temple and covers approximately 20 rai of land, is a royally initiated project aimed at providing a loving home for discarded and stray dogs in Hua Hin, especially around busy tourist hotspots like the beach - as well as serving as a pilot project to solve the stray dog problem in other localities.
The shelter, operated by Hua Hin Municipality, feeds the dogs, provides medical treatment and tries to find animal lovers to take them home.
During his visit, the King fed dogs in cages and asked staff about progress in the shelter’s water therapy programme which foreigners like to use.
The general public and foreign residents are welcome to bring their pet dogs for physical and water therapy services or to take part in exercise activities offered at the facility every Monday and Wednesday.
The king instructed concerned agencies to continue to work together to ensure a sustainable solution to the stray dog problem in the area.
The report said residents waited to catch a glimpse of His Majesty along the royal motorcade route and shouted "Long Live the KIng" as his vehicle passed by.