From the moment I got up I was sending messages trying to arrange the pick up of the small dogs that had been left outside a house in cages after the death of their owner. I still don't know how that happened, I mean who did that to the dogs rather than contact a rescue organisation or even AFCD, but as a result one poor dog had already died - presumably from the heat - by the time the rest of them were put in a van and brought to us. I was incredibly upset that I hadn't been able to get the dogs in time, but I had only found out about the situation on Friday evening and there was nothing I could do until the morning. We ended up with four dogs, and I'm currently waiting to hear back from AFCD about ages and license status, but they are safe and comfortable with us now.
Apart from that early morning panic, it was a busy day at the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre with the adoption of Pip the miniature pinscher, trial adoption of the two bulldogs, new white poodle Rocket going to a foster home and another poodle being returned to his owner after being claimed as a lost dog. It's often like this at Ap Lei Chau, with a quick turnaound of dogs coming in and going out.
As you will all know, the promised rain that everyone was looking forward to never came so the puppy afternoon at Heal went ahead, with Salty and Carlo being adopted.
Of course I will be at Whiskers N Paws on Sunday along with the other volunteers and the four-legged hopefuls. If you are interested in fostering a puppy please let Cindy know, as there will be several coming back from their current foster and it would be lovely to have another comfortable place for them to stay. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
This is a typical scenario: family come to meet the puppies with the parents reminding the children that they are only there to look and are not taking anyone home today. Kids beg and plead but the parents are adamant. Family leave with puppy.
In today's case to be fair, the family didn't adopt from Whiskers N Paws but went to Tai Po to look at young adults rather than puppies, but in the end it was Cocoa, one of the "meat" litter who was chosen, and only for a trial to see how things work out but so far it's going well.
Another one of the "meat" puppies, the litter who had been rescued from becoming someone's Chinese New Year celebratory dinner, was today's lucky Whiskers N Paws puppy, while another two from the same family were sent up to Tai Po at the end of the afternoon. Sidney was sent because he is a big boy and I thought he would be happier up there, and Zelda because she's a sweet-but-mad girl who loves people and company in general, and I can't provide much of either on Lamma. Zelda is really a special character, as well as being smart, funny and full of life. Meet her at Tai Po if you're looking for a puppy who will make you laugh, and keep you fit as she has the energy of a dynamo.
Jimmy Tsang was the volunteer photographer today and you can see the full set here Puppy Adoption Day 4 March 2018 — at Whiskers N Paws Just to remind you, we have another Saturday Puppy Afternoon at Heal this weekend, 1pm to 4pm, as well as the regular Sunday session at Whiskers N Paws, 2pm to 5pm. Any of the puppies are available to meet by arrangement during the week too so just let Cindy know which ones (email@example.com).
I'm really hoping someone can take Monty home, as his friend and puppy pal Teddy found a foster home today and Monty is the only one left. He's a lovely boy, very sweet and happy, so maybe there's a family out there who would be able to offer him somewhere to stay, even temporarily if not for ever? Please let Cindy know if you can help.
I was so happy to get confirmation of schnauzer Nuggie's adoption after a short trial, as he was one of a group from a terrible breeder and came to us with a large chunk of his top lip cut away. Two other schnauzers from the same group, Gunner and Frodo, had had their eyelids cut off (one each), presumably as a home remedy for entropian, but we had to have the eyes removed. Amazingly all three are very sweet dogs who love human attention and cuddles, which just shows a dog's capacity for letting the past go.
Another two Tai Po dogs left the Homing Centre together for a week's trial, so I have my fingers crossed and hopes high that we won't be seeing Timmy and Juno coming back.
There was some concern about the weather initially, but it turned out to be a blessing that it was cool enough to make the walk from the Peak down to Lan Kwai Fong in Central a comfortable one, even if I had to work extra hard because I had offered to take Frank, one of the fuzzy-faced Stanley Barracks boys. He wanted to say hello to all of the other dogs but was especially interested in a pair of baby boar who popped out of the woods at the side of the path to say hello. If it hasn't been for the wall I think I would have disappeared down the slope attached to Frank's leash, but that never happened thankfully.
The event was brilliant from start to finish, and everyone had a great time. We had live music to add to the atmosphere, and I have to thank the three different bands who were all amazing Levelling Out, Atlantis Philharmonic, and Jack Rabbit Slim.
I love Peak to Fong because I get to meet so many old friends and ex-HKDR dogs, and there's nothing better than seeing them so happy in their lives.
Photos are already up on our Hong Kong Dog Rescue Facebook page and there will be many more to come.
I had to leave mid-afternoon to head to Whiskers N Paws and the puppy afternoon, where two of the new chocolate-coloured puppies were adopted. They will be living close to each other and play dates have already been arranged. Photos by Marco Lam (who had also raced over from Peak to Fong) will be posted later.
Gino's Gelato presented another Giant ChequeI have too many people to thank for a really wonderful Peak to Fong 2017, but would like to give special thanks to Petble for sponsoring the T-shirts, Gino's Gelato for donating another giant amount of $30,000, all of the participating vendors, our volunteer teams and everyone who raised extra money by finding sponsors for the walk. I'm still waiting for the final result but I can say it was a very successful event in every way.
I went to Tai Po with our volunteer Projects Manager, Jamie (also doubling up as a Gala organiser and many other thing) to take a look at the renovation work so far, and was reminded of the huge scale of the site and operation. Work is progressing but it's slow and I'm impatient, and I want the dogs to be able to enjoy a nice environment as soon as possible. In the meantime we still need Renovation Fosters to take in those dogs who have temporarily had to move out of their enclosures, so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
I was very pleased to receive a message from puppy Cameron's fosters saying that they loved him and wanted to make his position permanent. Apart from the obvious happiness over homing a puppy, I will no longer be faced with the problem of trying to distinguish him from his brother Tanner when I'm trying to caption the Sunday photo album.
Another puppy who will be making his last visit to Whiskers N Paws on Sunday, and only to have his paperwork completed, is Enzo. This stunning boy has finally got what he deserved, and all of the Sunday volunteers are thrilled to bits.
Ex-breeder beagle Anna was also adopted today, and we've been promised photos of her in her new home very soon. I'm always happy for any dog who is chosen, but knowing the horrible life Anna had as a breeding machine and the physical damage it caused, I'm especially pleased. There will be no more babies for her and only a lovely life ahead.
Of course there are many more puppies and adults dogs, small and large, who are waiting to have their names and photos posted as adopted. Please take a look through the photos on our website www.hongkongdogrescue.com (under Dogs) and click on the photos for more information. We try to keep the website up to date and the only profiles not shown are young puppies, as you can find these on our Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) Facebook page under Photos and the Whiskers N Paws Sunday albums. We have puppies of all ages waiting for homes and you can meet them every Sunday afternoon, or by arrangement any other day.
The breeder labradors arrived as expected although we didn't know until they actually turned up how many there would be, and what colour or age. When they were on their way I got a message to say there were two chocolate females, four years old and both had licenses. While the colour and sex was correct, the already-expired licenses said they were in fact seven years old and had obviously had many litters as well as being hugely overweight. We don't have that much space at Tai Po, and actually none at all for new dogs, but the two labs' tails were wagging as they explored the "welcome" area of the Homing Centre. As it stands right now we have a potential adopter coming on Sunday for one dog, so we need a home for the second.
It was a busy day for the Saturday Manager Andrea at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre today, and although only one chihuahua actually left for a new home we're expecting a few return visitors on Sunday, and hopefully more adoptions as a result. Although rain is forecast it looks like the worst of the weather will come on Monday, and either way we are open every day regardless, and that applies to both Homing Centres. There is no day in the year, not Christmas or Chinese New Year or even a Signal 8 typhoon, when we are closed between the hours of 10am to 6pm.
Rain doesn't stop the Whiskers N Paws puppy afternoons either, so we'll be there with as many hopefuls as we can manage to squeeze in. Please help us - and them by fostering even if you can't commit to adoption, and email Cindy at email@example.com for details.
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