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

 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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It was more about in than out today as four new dogs arrived, smaller sized so they'll stay at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre.  I'm not sure of details at this point but I'll be taking them to be microchipped and licensed on Monday, and I do know one is a very cute puppy boy. 


Of course all puppies are cute, like the three currently staying at Whiskers N Paws and no doubt getting lots of attention from shoppers at the store.  Ted and Tara are siblings, while Felix in the middle is a bit older.  If you're interested in adopting any dogs or puppies please start by completing the questionnaire at 


Trainer Alice Lau took this photo after the November Positive Partners Training Course graduation, so congratulations to all of the participating dogs and their families.  You can take a look at the photos at, and I just love seeing ex-HKDR dogs and puppies taking part.  Look how attentive Chili (was Kit) is to his teacher Cactus....



Bono was taken home from Tai Po today, while puppy Gunner was adopted from Ap Lei Chau.  

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The three new dogs were picked up from AFCD Sheung Shui in the morning and taken straight to Concordia Pet Care for a check-up and vaccination, and for Ava, the six year-old pom, it was just in time as she was found to have pyometra.  This is a life-threatening condition which would almost inevitably result in death if not treated, and that means surgically removing the infected uterus.  Thank goodness we got her out in time, and especially as she had already had to wait until after the weekend.



The other two dogs, both small-sized poodles, are healthy enough given their seven years, and they're now at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre.  They will still need to have their teeth sorted out and one of them, Mia, seems to have some mange, but these are all things which can easily be dealt with.


During COVID-19, we continue to remain open at both of our Homing Centres every day as usual as the dogs need looking after and to be available for adoption.  However we are asking that only those who have already completed the adoption questionnaire and received an invitation to visit come to meet the dogs.  The questionnaire is at

We are also really in need of already-registered volunteers at our big Tai Po Homing Centre where there are literally hundreds of dogs needing to be fed, watered and walked, as well as all of the other things that have to be done every day.  If you are a volunteer and currently have time to help out, PLEASE do come.

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For the first time in many years our regular Sunday Puppy Afternoon didn't take place, not only because both Whiskers N Paws and our own Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre were closed, but also because "gatherings" of more than four people are now not allowed.  We're all having to adapt to  a new way of living and working, and currently that means meeting available puppies in their respective foster homes unless they're staying at our Tai Po Homing Centre which is open as usual due to it being an outdoors venue.  We do have some puppies there as well as all of the adults, from young to senior, so please don't forget them and that they also need homes.

The virtual lockdown has also meant that we're not seeing dogs coming in as we used to, so for those who have offered to foster - thank you - for now all puppies are already in temporary homes, or moving in with their forever families like Lola did today.  However who knows what will arrive on any given day so if there's a new need for foster homes you'll read about it here first.

For more details of the available puppies please see this link


Jasmine is the newest Tai Po dog and an incredibly sweet girl.


We can cross off Rio, Wilf and Lola from this collection.

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It's hard dealing with surrender requests for old dogs, those that have spent their entire lives with their families and who are now being thrown out.  As someone who has, and has had, many old dogs to take care of I fully understand that it can be hard.  There's the same interrupted sleep that comes with having a human baby, often multiple vet visits and medications to buy, so it's a challenge for sure.  However being there for a dog when it needs you the most is part of the deal you agree to when taking in a puppy, and if you can't handle it then please don't even start.

I admit I don't have any patience with such dog owners, as well as having no understanding of how they can be so unfeeling and callous.  It seems that there are many people who assume that dog rescue organisations exist to relieve them of the burden of their senior pets, or as somewhere convenient to dump four-legged family members when they become an inconvenience.  

Adopting (or buying) a puppy is a long-term commitment to a life that depends on you entirely for fifteen years on average.   A dog considers its humans as family, and trusts that they will always be there, a trust that is too often broken.   Allowing children to influence the parents' decision to get a puppy also often means that once the kids are grown up the dog gets thrown out too, so please make sure that it's the whole family that wants to have a dog.

Having said all of that there are happily many wonderful dog parents, those who genuinely do think of their pets as being part of the family, and that's what I'm hoping for when I'm there every Sunday at Whiskers N Paws with the puppies needing homes.  At the moment we have so many and it's not a great time to be a puppy-in-waiting with Christmas coming up, closely followed by Chinese New Year.  These are the little ones who were at last Sunday's afternoon event  Puppy Adoption Day 17 November 2019 - Part 2 and now with a lot of new arrivals it's going to be a packed puppy enclosure for sure.

Our new French bulldog Romeo's story is a sad one, as it seems he has spent years in a cage, standing on hard wire with no bedding or relief.  His poor feet are sore and swollen as a result, so we're having to keep his walks outside to short outings until his pads harden and heal.  Keeping dogs in cages is an abomination as far as I'm concerned and I wish there was a law against it.

Poor Romeo's pads are sore and swollen


Lots of new puppies have recently come to us

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Hong Kong Dog Rescue Limited

Location: Hong Kong, na - Hong Kong SAR
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