Hong Kong invariably gets its fair share of abandoned dogs. People buy this tiny fluffy puppy, take it home, but after a while the puppy starts growing up and the owner just doesn’t either have the room or time to take good care of it anymore. Also you have the problem with bad breeders who are left with unwanted puppies.
In 2001, the AFCD caught over 12,000 stray dogs, can you imagine what the numbers must be now in 2013. Factor in an article from SMCP in January 2012 highlighting the fact that with the world’s economy struggling, more and more dog owners are abandoning their pets, and you can see the growing problem of abandoned dogs in Hong Kong.
So if you do decided on introducing a dog into your family, why not decide on adopting one? Take a look at 10 reasons why you should adopt a dog.
Have a look at the following groups who have dogs up for adoption:
“From early 2005 we have been working closely with local animal shelters to provide financial aid, animal care consultation and rehoming services. With a strong network of volunteers and partner organizations, we feel that HK Paws is ready to take our services to higher level and to the wider community.”
“Lamma is a beautiful place for us humans to live – and, for some of the other animals, life is good also. But some animals live pretty awful lives which not only makes them miserable but forces them to become a trouble to the community. Several species sometimes come to our attention but the vast majority of our work is with dogs and cats. They do not have the ability to survive satisfactorily on their own in our modern world. Each one of them needs to be found a good home.”
“HKRP is an all volunteer run, non-profit, Hong Kong Government registered Animal Welfare Society that rescues, rehabilitates and homes abandoned and stray puppies and dogs in the Sai Kung area of Hong Kong.”
“LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity exists to help animals in Hong Kong and to being about the conditions whereby every animal has a good home.”
“HKDR was founded in 2003 for the specific purpose of saving dogs and puppies from the Hong Kong Government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) Animal Management Centres, where around 10,000 dogs and puppies are destroyed every year. A lot them of are family pets that have been abandoned on the street or in country parks, while others have been directly surrendered. Many are puppies that are the result of irresponsible owners not desexing their pets, or are those born to abandoned or stray dogs. They all have one thing in common and that is that they are homeless and unwanted, and have just four days to live unless they are chosen for re-homing.”
As far as I know, every Sunday, dogs from HKDR are taken to Whiskers n Paws and there is an adoption event. Find out more by visiting the relevant webpages.
This blog entry is starting to become a little long, so I’ll make another entry in the next few days highlighting fostering and sponsoring dogs. Oh, check out the my RSS feed on the main page, this will show the latest news from HKDR and the other organizations thats been added to Mylo’s Facebook group about any available adoptions.