Project Tai O Stray Cat

by Tai O Stray Cat Home
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
Project Tai O Stray Cat
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Someone said if every “Cat-woman” has a wealthy Batman behind the scenes to provide financial support, it is not bad to take care of cats. Fortunately, for the 2018, I did receive some help from Batman, not just money, but also spiritual support, that is the most important thing for me; then I didn’t have to fight alone in this never ending war. 

In the Tai O Stray Cat Home, “Mie Mie” is one of the stray cats in the center; he has Pharyngitis (a type of throat inflammation). Since the beginning of 2018, I noticed that he had difficulties to swallow; therefore I brought him to the hospital for treatment. His condition was not very good, a veterinarian estimated that his sickness has been caused by a feline virus infection, every time when “Mie Mie” has an infection, injection is the only treatment for him and there is no way to cure this sickness completely. 

Besides, when we have new stray cats added to our center, “Mie Mie” would have hair loss and his sickness would recur, and of course I do feel pain and helpless every time because I can’t help him much at all to tackle the sickness. More than that, taxi fare cost me several hundred HK dollars to bring “Mie Mie” to see a veterinarian from Tai O to the city.

Whenever I feel helpless, face challenges or difficulties, my helpers or volunteers are here for me. One of my teammates, Joey, she knew my concern and help me to provide temporary care for “Mie Mie”; it is such a big help for me, at least I can have time to take care other stray cats in the center. Because of Joey family’s temporary care for “Mie Mie”, his sickness didn’t recur and his condition is getting better and better.

After a long period of torture for “Mie Mie” in the past year, severe ulceration and swelling of the mouth, the veterinarian suggested to do surgery to remove his teeth in order to reduce pain and save his life; for sure this is the most helpless decision but it is the best for “Mie Mie”. 

Fortunately, his operation was successful; thanks to the veterinarian and Joey family provide care for “Mie Mie”.

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The super typhoon Mangkhuthit Hong Kong in September and Tai O is expected to be one of the hardest hit areas. It is because Tai O is located in a low-lying and coastal area, and theMangkhut is regarded as the strongest typhoon to strike Hong Kongand cause flooding. The government has arranged a tourist bus to evacuate residents, how about stray cats? 

The founder of the Tai O Stray Cats Home, German,started to do some preparation with volunteers for stray/street cats in different places in Tai O one week before the arrival of the typhoon. We understand that stray/street cats know how to find a refuge in high places or vacant homes because they are more sensitive than people; however, there are some places in Tai O where there is a chance for trees collapse or landslides, and we need to be there to catch cats and arrange them in a safer place. 

German mentioned that on the eve of the typhoon, there were more than 20 stray cats and domestic cats placed on the third floor of Tai O Stray Cat Home campus with some volunteers to look after them; she knew that the total number of stray cats in the campus were not significant, but it is enough to make her exhausted.  

We would like to let all of you know that our current lease of Tai O Stray Cat Home campus will be expire the end of this year (2018), German was planning to rent a cheaper place, like a shack or a hut, because the organization doesn’t have much reserve to rent the existing place. At this moment, we would like to ask for your donations to help us to continue to rent the current place for our stray cats; it is about HK$100,000.00 (US$12,780.00) for the annual rent. Because of the Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong this year and Typhoon Hato last year, we know that there is a trend of flooding every year; it is better to have a campus for Tai O Stray Home on the higher floor (at least 3rdfloor) and the existing place is the best place as a temporary home for stray cats and cats rehabilitation center. 

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There is an elder in Tai O, he always likes to have cats for catching rats but never allow cats to stay inside of his house or didn’t spay cats. Close to this elder’s home, always surround by stray dogs; as a result, many cats are killed by dogs.

In June, the elder told me (German) that there were 4 kittens stayed outside of his house and looked sick. I went there and took 4 kittens to Yuen Long SAA Veterinary Center. Three of them were fine, but the little yellow one was very weak; her neck had a deep wound with exposed bone, her injury was very serious and condition was not optimistic.

The yellow kitten stayed in the veterinary center for about 12 days, her neck was full of pus. The veterinary physician and nurses took good care for the kitten, and also gave her some new drugs to make her strong; all of us really want this little one can win this battle to have a better life.

Today, I can announce to all of you that the yellow kitten is totally recovered and she is discharged from the veterinary center. More than that, the veterinary nurse helped her to find a new home and named her as “Xiaoyu”. 

I really appreciate and would like to say thanks to SAA veterinary physician and nurses, without them, I don’t think “Xiaoyu” can survive. They really took good care of “Xiaoyu”. Besides, I would like to say thanks to those brothers & sisters from Facebook for their encouragement to “Xiaoyu”. 

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Recently, I need to take care of six little stray kittens; I really feel tired and exhausted. But with the help from Tong Tong (volunteer) for a few days, I can pass some workloads to her; then I can have a break and get some good rest to prepare more future works.

In the mid of May’18, it was so sad that there was a baby kitten was thrown into the sea by a construction worker in Tai O. Fortunately, the neighborhood was noticed and rescued this baby kitten, and then pass her to me for caring. The first time I saw the baby kitten was soaking wet and her body was trembling a lot, she was so frightened at that time. I felt very sorry about her and very angry how come we human beings cruelty treated this baby kitten.                       After a few days, she is fine and getting better; besides, so many people contacted me and wanted to adopt this lovely baby kitten, I know she will have a loving home very soon.

There is good news; the neighborhood of Shek Pik finally wants to do neutering for stray cats in their area (I persuaded and educated them for a few years for spaying stray cats with no luck). It is because they noticed a number of kittens increased past few years and they may not be able to adopt all of them, and turned out those stray kittens were killed by dogs. In my opinion, education is very important to spread the message for treating stray cats and even stray dogs.

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In August 2017, just before the strong typhoon, Pigeon, a week old kitten, Small-bee, was rescued in Mui Wo (Small-bee_1). The Small-bee was very weak and we spent lots of effort to take care of him. (Small-bee_2)

Actually, I don’t know how long will Small-bee last because of his poor health, but I do believe there will be a miracle for Small-bee. Miraculously happened, Small-bee grows bigger and stronger (Small-bee_3), he is very healthy and naughty now. (Small-bee_4, 5)

In fact, many thanks to our brothers and sisters (volunteers) to visit Small-bee and give him love. More than that, I would like to say thanks to Professor Chan, she did some therapies for Small-bee and made him much stronger and healthier. Without their love, care, and support, I don’t think I can survive with this stressful environment and take good care of Small-bee (Small-bee_6)

In my opinion, volunteers are not omnipotent, no matter, we are doing big things or small things; making some money or less money, as long as doing good for cats are important. The outside world is so complicated, especially in the human world; some times we do feel tired to deal with animals and human at the same. Why can’t we learn from cats, then we can handle things much more easier?

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Tai O Stray Cat Home

Location: Tai O, New Territories - Hong Kong SAR
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Tai O, New Territories, NA Hong Kong SAR
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