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
We have quite a few slightly older puppies who miss out on adoption events if the weather means they can't be outside, and one of them was chosen today from the Homing Centre today.  Salad has been with us for some time, during the awful outbreak of disease which meant all puppies needed to be quarantined.  Once things had settled we had those in Salad's group tested for any signs of the distemper virus, and happily all were negative so we could safely let them mix, and be put up for adoption

I can hardly believe it will be September on Sunday as the months have sped by and it's almost autumn.  It's been a good year for adoptions so far, although never high enough to make a dent in the number of dogs we have to look after, especially at our Tai Po Homing Centre.   There are so many that I'm convinced will be with us for just a short time before being adopted, but I'm wrong too often.  Timing and luck are everything in the game of life, as well as just being in the right place at the right time. 

As you'll know if you follow us on social media, September means the beginning of the fundraising season, and unfortunately due to the current upheavals in Hong Kong we won't be able to hold our traditional Peak to Fong event in November.  We're looking at alternative venues that aren't public areas, but for now we're concentrating on "Bohemian Pupsody" which is taking place at the Aberdeen Marina Club on Saturday 21st September, with guest hosts Vita Starkin and DJ Barry Gold.  

These fundraising events are hugely important to us and we're obviously extremely disappointed that the biggest one of all won't be happening, at least in the form of the walk from the Peak to Lan Kwai Fong.  That means we're relying more than ever on the one big evening event that will be taking place, and asking that you help by donating prizes for the auctions, or even better by buying tickets and being there on the night to show your support.  

The Earlybird discount runs until 1st September, so you have the rest of the week to get your friends together to make up a table.
Please visit our website for all details, including ticket purchase.
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We started the month of June with lots of happy adoptions, the first being puppy Kibble at Tai Po who has his own lovely family now as well as another dog to play with.  Kibble's adult lookalike relatives, Ivory and Tusk, are still waiting to be chosen, and they are only a year old so the perfect age if you want a young dog but not a puppy.

Long-termer Tai Po dog Dapple had her adoption confirmed by one of our regular volunteers after a trial period with ex-HKDR Plum.  As with so many I remember Dapple from her puppy days, so I'm very happy that the long wait for a home is over for her now.
New pug Twiglet was the first Ap Lei Chau dog to leave the Homing Centre, followed by poodle Twizzle.  Schnauzer Hopper, who was surrendered only yesterday, didn't have to wait more than a day before being taken to his new home for a trial with one of our ex-HKDR dogs, so he's a very lucky little dog.
I decided to send a couple of the Ap Lei Chau adults to Concordia Pet Care in the afternoon, and it seems it was the right decision for Freckles as he was adopted from there.  French bulldog Peppa wasn't as lucky so she is still waiting, but puppy Jerry was also chosen to go home.

Freckles, Twizzle and Twiglet were all part of the group that arrived at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre just one week ago, and if everything goes as expected there will be some more coming to us on Sunday.  Watch this space for news and updates.

I do need to mention that we sadly lost one of our poodles today as well. It was coincidental that Debbie wasn't very well and had been due to go to a foster home so her health issues could be sorted out, but it seems she picked up and swallowed a piece of rubber while out on a walk.  At least that's what we assume since she vomited it up, then subsequently collaped and couldn't be revived, even though she was rushed to Acorn.  Dr Joe said he didn't think her death was caused by her illness, and we will never really know but have to assume the piece of rubber was to blame.   Although whatever she swallowed wasn't from the Homing Centre, it's a strong reminder to make sure there are no little bits of anything lying around that can be swallowed and lodge in a dog's throat.  Make sure balls are the right size for your dog too, as if too small they can also be swallowed (ask any labrador owner) and that toys don't have bits that can be detached or chewed off.
Ivory and Tusk are still waiting
It was a long wait but Dapple is finally in a home

Bye sweet Twiglet!

Freckles was also a short-stay dog
Twizzle only came to us a week ago

Lucky pup Jerry was adopted at Concordia Pet Care Adoption Day
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We were back at AFCD today to take out the four new baby pups that arrived over the weekend, luckily a bit older than the seven real babies so able to eat by themselves. They really tucked in when given their dinner and it's always good to see puppies devouring their meals as lack of appetite is the first sign that something's wrong.

There was good news about one of the puppies taken for fostering on Sunday as little Dobby's adoption was confirmed.  He was one of the group of seven from the illegal breeder/hoarder, and from his looks and size I'm guessing there's shiba inu in there somewhere, but who knows. 

There was another slightly older non-fluffy that we had put together with Dobby, and although both were 
scared on arrival at our Homing Centre they are quite different now and very happy.   Iris shared photos of Cotton holding and licking her hand, and I also saw her playing with the other puppies.  Cotton is also a smaller sized mixed breed, although we have no idea what that mix could be.

The two remaining fluffy pups from the group went to Acorn today to have their blood re-checked, as they had tick fever, or something causing anaemia.  The conditions at the place they escaped from are so bad that there isn't a dog or puppy that's totally healthy and we know many die before they can be rescued.  This ongoing situation is really upsetting as there's nothing we can do until we find out where the place is.

As always we have so many lovely and healthy adults waiting for homes, and please do visit our Tai Po Homing Centre to meet them (see map below).  Many adopters are swayed by the cuteness of puppies, but in terms of behaviour, looks and size when you choose an adult you know exactly what you are getting.  A lot of our dogs are only a year old so you still have a full lifetime to share.

Cotton and Dobby were very scared at first

Dobby was already very different on Sunday

Cotton is a very sweet girl, around 6 months old


Barney is undeniably VERY cute as well as being small

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November was a strange month for adoptions, with lots of interest and potential homes but fewer than expected actually leaving.  To make up for it, I suspect (and hope) that December will boost our annual adoption figures, and we can start the month with rottweiler Jerome, whose trial home has been confirmed as permanent.  Often there are other dogs in the home that need to approve of any newcomer and that's the reason we allow trial periods rather than insisting on immediate adoption and then having the dog returned later.

We held our first Puppy Adoption afternoon at a new vet clinic in Happy Valley, Corcordia Pet Care, and we will be there every other Saturday afternoon with puppies waiting for homes.  Little Ruth was the first to be chosen, and I hope being in a dog-friendly area will attract lot of other adopters in the future.  Our two litters of very young babies are now approaching the age when they're ready to leave to go to new homes, and while adults tend to come to us individually of course with puppies they arrive in groups of six or eight.

It was a lovely warm day today and I'm looking forward to be able to enjoy Sunday afternoon on the terrace with the puppies.   If you are thinking of adopting then it's very helpful to us to have the completed Adoption Questionnaire in advance, and you can find this and all other adoption information on our website (under Adopt).


Thanks to volunteer Harryn for such lovely puppy photos.




Saturday Puppy Adoption Day. Come meet our puppies!


Date: Every 1st & 3rd Saturday
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Venue: 5-7 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley
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Just when you think the day is done and you can stop constantly checking messages, along comes the news that a breeder is giving up a lot of dogs to comply with the numbers restriction that is part of the Animal Trader License requirements.  There are apparently forty-plus dogs being thrown out, which gives you an idea of the current overcrowding situation, and we have been asked to take twenty or so of the larger breeds like labrador, husky, rottweiler, malamute.   We have been told they are aged between nine months and two years, but you have to take into account the fact that breeders are liars, cheats and the lowest of the low, so the dogs may be all ages and in any sort of condition.  I understand they need to be picked up on Monday so we will be asking for help with transport if any of you have cars and are available and willing to drive possibly (probably) smelly large dogs from (I'm guessing) Yuen Long to Tai Po.

Obviously suddenly having to add a large number of dogs to the Tai Po Homing Centre is going to be a challenge, putting it mildly, so we are in really urgent need of foster homes if not adopters.  However this doesn't mean that we will let the dogs got to unsuitable homes, temporary or permanent, and the usual criteria will still apply.  It needs to be remembered that breeder dogs aren't toilet trained, even if they are usually nice dogs with calm temperaments, so they will need to be taken out frequently to get them into the habit of toileting in appropriate places.   If you are able to foster please email Cindy at, while for adoptions you will need to complete the adoption questionnaire on our website (under Adopt).

The rain has been relentless as you all know, and it has certainly affected the adoption numbers at Tai Po even if the overall total for August (thirty five) wasn't at all bad for a traditionally slow period.  Please remember that we are open every single day, rain or sun, and even during typhoons, and the Tai Po dogs needs homes more then ever during this very wet period.


Lucky Hercules was adopted just in time!

Take the MTR or bus to Tai Po!


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