Thursday 28th May: Tuen Ng Festival

When I check my emails this morning I find this, and immediately send an email to SPCA to try to find out where the dog is now.  It’s hard to believe that someone would do such a terrible thing, and what the dog must have suffered.

Dog in chicken cage“On 28th morning around 9:30am i spoted a large stray dog who was stuffed in a chicken cage and dumped at the Kam Tin Rubbish Collection point.  I was driving to my office and i immediately stopped the car.  The nearby rubbish collection lady told me when she got to work this morning around 6:00am the dog was there all covered up by other large rubbish bags.  So i believe the poor dogs has been dumped last nite and imagine the dog has been sitting in that possition for god knows how long in such a small cage.  I tried to give him water but i think he was too tramatised to think what he has done to deserve this.  I stayed with this poor dog from 9:30am to 11:00am until the SPCA van came to rescue the poor dog.  But i still dong know if i did the right thing giving the dog to SPCA and Agricultural Fishery department.”

It’s a public holiday so we’re hoping for some adoptions, although the rain is still threatening to return – which it does.  Anyway, we know that today will finally be Zippy’s big day as this has already been arranged.  Zippy has waited far too long for a home, especially as he is a lovely little miniature pinscher with no behaviour issues other than his love of toys.  As long as he is the only dog in the house he will be fine, as he’s not keen on sharing.

 Zippy was one of a group of small dogs that came from a shelter in the New Territories, the first of many that we have subsequently taken from there.  He, along with the rest of his intake, had been sent to a vet clinic on Lantau for desexing as part of an ABC (Animal Birth Control) scheme, a privately run and funded operation, and it was there that I met him.  I was joined by friend and fellow animal-rescuer, Kirsten, for the expedition to Lantau to bring dogs back to HKDR, and we ended up with nine of them.  The ferry trip back to Central was interesting as I recall, with non-stop barking from an excited Yorkshire terrier for the entire trip.  Zippy was the last of the nine to be adopted.

Sadly, we get the news today that another one of the dogs from that group will be coming back to us,  yet another victim of the economic downturn.  Violet is a 9-year old dachshund, a sweet girl although she and Zippy didn’t like each other.  Violet’s adopter lost her job and has been unable to find a new one so she will have to return to the UK.  Although there is no longer any quarantine requirement for dogs going to the UK from Hong Kong,  the application takes 6 months to process and Violet is by no means the first dog to lose her home as a result.  We can only hope that a new home can be found quickly so that Violet doesn’t have to come back to kennels.

 Lokky, the black Pomeranian who was surrendered to us two weeks ago, is also lucky today.  His adopters have visited the kennels before and are very thorough in their selection, this time spending 3 hours with Maxwell, our adoption team leader, before finally making a decision. I hope they heed my advice to give Lokky time to settle, as he is nervous and unsure of what is happening.  Children especially find it very hard not to immediately want to cuddle, bathe and play with their new friend, but it’s often too much for the dogs and they end up being returned.  I explain to Lokky’s adopters that they are strangers to him, and their home is also unfamiliar, and as much as it would unsettle a child being thrown into a totally new situation, the same applies to dogs.  Time and patience are needed to allow Lokky to familiarise himself with his new home and to feel secure and part of the family.

Behind the scenes, CiCi, an English bulldog, is adopted from her foster home.  She has also waited a long time and has been in several foster homes before finally being chosen. Maria Fan is our foster coordinator, and she does a great job of keeping track of all the dogs in foster homes, arranging meetings with potential adopters and vetting new potential fosters. Our foster homes provide an invaluable support system, allowing dogs with health problems or post-surgery to be able to recover in a home environment.  We try to get as many of the very small dogs into foster homes as possible, as it’s very hard for the little ones in kennels.  Many have never even been outside before, let alone in such a scary (for them) place as our kennels, and many have also never been vaccinated making them extremely vulnerable to infectious diseases.

 Lox, the Rastafarian, is quiet and sleeping when I go into his kennel to try to give him a haircut.  I don’t want to startle him so I call his name and wait for him to stir before getting too close.  I only have a small pair of scissors with me as our scissors have a habit of disappearing.  Like pens and socks, I think there must be a mountain of scissors somewhere in the world, but it’s not at our kennels.  I start with Lox’s tail as there are large clumps of matted hair hanging off it, and it’s relatively easy to cut them off.  I move up to his rump where more clumps are attached by a stalk, but with such small scissors it’s hard to cut through the solid mass.  By now big boy Otis has decided to start a barking match with his arch-enemy, Burrito, in the kennel opposite, and I can sense some tension in Lox so decide to stop and try again tomorrow with a decent pair of scissors, assuming I can find some.  At least Lox doesn’t have a weight of matted hair pulling on his tail any more.

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One Response to “Thursday 28th May: Tuen Ng Festival”

  1. Mandy Chu Says:

    great you put the dog’s story from chicken cage yesterday, so many people are worrying about him/her, pls update us and hope AFCD have an answer to you shortly!

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