Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong

by Hong Kong Dog Rescue Limited
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Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong
Rescuing and rehoming abandoned dogs in Hong Kong

Every day is busy in some way or another, and even if there are no dogs or puppies arriving, or on-site adoptions, there are so many things going on.  We're also still experiencing major problems with the emails, so please bear with us while we attempt to get it fixed.  

Today was a big day for beautiful young terrier-type Ilona, as she had complicated surgery on her leg (by Dr Elaine at Concordia) to try to repair a previously botched operation to fix a broken bone. We'd noticed that Ilona had a limp when she first came to us but her knees were found to be quite stable, and it was only when she was X-rayed that the pins from the old surgery in her leg could be seen. 

We'd hoped that, while not a simple operation, at least the bone could be re-set, but once the leg had been opened up it was found that there was infected tissue inside.  We agreed to go ahead to try to save the leg, which includes bone grafts from other areas, but there's a 50-50 chance that the leg will need to be amputated anyway.  In fact simply getting rid of a leg that has major problems is by far the easiest option, and once amputated the recovery time is only as long as it takes for the wound to heal, a matter of two weeks. Recovery from this complicated surgery will take much longer and be far more difficult and painful for Ilona, and I'm still not sure that putting her through all of the trauma was the right thing to do.  Still, now it's done and we will see what happens.  This surgery was very long and complicated, not to mention unexpected, and if you would like to make a donation towards what is going to end up also being very expensive, please sponsor any amount via GlobalGiving.

Happily we are seeing some puppies being adopted, most from foster homes, because we have more arriving as well as some small-sized adults (all mixed breed).  There are also a group of dogs from AFCD Shatin that we need to find space for, and that's why we really need foster homes for the puppies.  If you can help please email Cindy at, thanks you!

There was another adoption from a foster home, this time puppy Kyra, and it's a kind of foster fail because the adopter is Kyra's ex-foster parent. There should also be some more puppy adoption announcements coming up, and really just in time because we have always more arriving.

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I'm going to start with one good news story because there aren't too many of those these days, and it's that older puppy Juliet was adopted from our Tai Po Homing Centre (currently our only Homing Centre). We're waiting for a family photo from her adopters to share as the official adoption photo, so in the meantime I'll use what I've got. There should be another dog leaving on Monday, but I won't mention the name until he's actually left. Things change at the last minute so we can't assume anything's confirmed until it happens.

For potential adopters looking for smaller dogs, we do have some available but the younger ones are quite shy and really need to be in a home where's there's another dog. Tanner and Thomas are two who are currently in a foster home together, while Tessa is another small girl who came to us in the same group. She's shown here with beagle MJ, who isn't at all shy but he's eleven years old (although still active and playful).

River is a very shy girl, and she's now at the Lamma Home for Small dogs where she and Rumble (not a shy dog) have become great friends and playmates. It's wonderful to watch them rolling around and having the best time (see the video), so a home for them together would be perfect.
Unfortunately shy dogs aren't suitable to be adopted by families with children, or by anyone living in a busy or built-up area, and this is why these lovely smaller-sized young dogs are still with us.

We've come to the point now of having to say no to taking any new puppies, and "please wait" when asked if we can accept more large adult dogs. We have accepted several from AFCD in the past week, and one senior husky called Bailey, and we just don't have the manpower to be able to take on any more at the moment.
This is really proving to be a very difficult period in HKDR's history, with so many core members of our HKDR team having to stay home and isolate, leaving us short of staff and volunteers at our very large Tai Po Homing Centre (with the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre now permanently gone).

There's no way that we can just close the doors at Tai Po and let everyone work from home because the dogs are there, and nothing will change the fact that they need looking after. It didn’t help when one of our two remaining cleaners sprained her ankle this morning leaving us with just one cleaner.
We are urgently in need of volunteer manpower. If you are a registered dog walking volunteer, please try to take up extra shifts on weekdays (especially morning shifts). The dogs need their daily walks anyway and it’s just physically impossible for the staff on duty to walk them all.
If you are not a registered volunteer, please come to help with kennel cleaning on a weekday (either from 10am to 12pm or 3pm to 5pm). Please email to schedule a shift.
If you aren’t able to physically come by to help - please consider making a donation to HKDR. The situation in HK now not only hurts us in terms of manpower, but also financially.
Dogs will ALWAYS BE OUR PRIORITY and we really don’t want to face the extremely difficult choice of having to say no to a dog in need due to financial pressure. We still have new dogs coming in almost every day so that part of our work has never stopped, and we never intend to stop because this is what HKDR is here for. However, we can only continue with your support, especially in challenging times like these.

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Instead of dogs leaving we took in another, following an emergency call for help about a shiba inu whose leg was broken and the breeder didn't want to have to deal with it.  Via a go-between we arranged for the poor dog to go straight to Acorn so he could be at least assessed and started on pain relief, but by the time the van was arranged to come from the New Territories somewhere (probably Yuen Long), it was too late so we had to let the shiba stay the night at the Homing Centre before going to Acorn in the morning. 


From life on a rooftop, this is an upgrade

I now have a photo of the two ex-rooftop dogs to share, the ones I mentioned yesterday. If I have one last mission to fulfil in life, it is to show people that breed names mean nothing, and that every dog's life is precious.  I've been getting daily updates about Ziti, who flew to England last week to start his new life, and I have never seen a sweeter dog.  Every photo and video makes me smile, and it's quite incredible how Ziti has slotted into his new life so perfectly.  He's not a handsome dog in the traditional sense, and had he not been chosen by this particular adopter there's a very good chance that he would have spent his whole life at the Tai Po Homing Centre, as many dogs do.  What a waste of a beautiful character that would have been.  Who can look at Ziti trying to flirt with his new "sister" and not see what an amazing dog this is?   Please open your eyes and heart to the many others that are waiting at Tai Po, and give them the same chance to prove to you that they are just as kind, loyal and loving as any other. 


Suki has no back feet and is very sick

Would you rather support the breeders whose recent throw-outs include the new shiba inu with a broken leg, the shiba puppy with no back feet (who is also in hospital with parvovirus) and the pom puppy who not only had distemper but such bad congenital problems that she had to be euthanised?  Or do you think that a strong and healthy mixed breed with a heart of gold is a better choice?  I know where I stand.


 Poor tiny Snowy has to be euthanised

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It's always the very best outcome if a puppy that has been in a foster home since it was a baby can move straight to a forever home without having to return to the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre.  Billy Bob ended up being a single survivor of his litter, washed out of their nest by heavy rain, and today he was interviewed by a lovely family with another dog in the home, and everyone got on so well that Billy Bob's adoption was confirmed immediately. 

Billy Bob looking very smart today


Two other washed away victims of heavy rain have now opened their eyes, and despite a week of worry about Beryl who had developed aspiration pneumonia from breathing in rainwater, both are now starting to eat from a bowl and enchant with their adorable photoshoots.  They're still a long way from being ready for adoption unless taken as a pair, but you can follow them on Instagram @why_i_foster to know when they're available as singetons. 

Beryl (the black one) and Bessie


I mentioned Ziti yesterday as being the last of "The Edibles" litter and hoping she wasn't going to end up as the one left behind, and I feel the same about Percy, the only "P Litter" puppy still waiting for a home.  As a side note, this litter is a perfect example of how impossible it is to determine how big baby puppies will grow to be as adults, because at first we were told by a vet that they would be small, even under 10kg, when grown.  I was dubious about that prediction, so the next time the puppies were taken for a health check we specifically asked about their size again, and this time it had gone up somewhat.  Then a third time two vets had a look and disagreed about the probable final adult size, so now at four months of age I think all we can say about Percy is that he's unlikely to be over 20 kilos fully grown, meaning medium.   I can also say that he's a very sweet boy who'd make a wonderful family member, and I think it's time that happened.

Sweet and happy Percy 


Once again I should know better than to say a dog or puppy has been adopted before the Adoption Agreement has been signed and the ink has dried, because the young (estimated a year old) labrador's would-be family had to postpone any adoption due to unrelated circumstances.  That means Blanco is back on the available list, and in anticipation of many enquiries I'll say now that we'll choose the home that can offer him the best life.  As with all dogs and puppies please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at


Yet another new dog was taken in at Tai Po, this time a very sweet adult girl who had been rescued with a big wound on her back.  That was treated and has healed, so Wendy is ready to start her new life and that hopefully means being adopted before too long. 

Wendy is a lovely girl

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 It's not always fun working with animals, in our case dogs of course, and today was one of those times when double loss hit.

One of the little Red Dogs, Blanco, had been sent to Acorn on Sunday as an emergency case when he appeared to be very quiet and stayed in his bed, and that was the last time the Ap Lei Chau team saw him.  He was being treated for acute pancreatitis and was scheduled to have more tests, but it was all too late and he died on Monday morning.   There are many tributes to Blanco on Facebook, but I'll share Eagle's as her page is public:

The funny thing about Blanco is that he always hated me, and would bark furiously whenever he saw me or heard my voice.  It was a game we played when I would pass the dog park and he was inside, and I felt that we were somehow gradually becoming friends, even if on either side of a fence.  I don't know why he felt this way, but that's the thing about dogs, they have their own secret thoughts and reasonings and we can never really know what they are.

The other loss only affected me as Buffy had lived on Lamma since she was a shy puppy, along with her brother Biff.  They would go to the Sunday afternoon puppy events at Whiskers N Paws but stayed under a table together so no one would notice them.  They were beautiful Belgian shepherd crosses (I assumed) and were very close until Biff's own premature death from autoimmune disease.  I was worried for Buffy but she coped, and even if she never really made any new friends she got along well with all of the other dogs.  I noticed that she was becoming quite tired or lazy recently, and put it down to the hot weather and her very thick coat, which I was gradually trying to trim bit by bit, bit when it turned cold again and she was sleepier than ever, I sent her to Acorn too.  She went in the morning and I was going to pick her up in the afternoon, thinking she probably had tick fever or something, but Dr Joe called me with bad news and I had no choice but to let her go. 

My van friend today was Bucket, the earless dog who was at Acorn being desexed.  I hadn't met him in person before but I've seen plenty of photos and videos, and he's a handsome boy with tons of energy and a passion for playing.  I hope he can find the right home soon, but it does need to have a large garden where he can have toys to throw around, and it would be perfect if he could also have access to the sea for swimming and runs on the beach.  If you think Bucket's the dog for you please complete the adoption questionnaire at

The two new puppies arrived today, and went straight off to their foster home, for which many thanks as always.  They're brother Edgar and sister Esme, and they'll be available for adoption as a pair any time, or individually once they're a bit older. 


Blanco (r), enjoying a day at Whiskers N Paws with friends


Big and beautiful Bucket









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