Saturday 13th June: A day off?

Saturday is my day off but today seems to be one that is non-stop issues and problems.

 Woody, a schnauzer, is unexpectedly brought back to kennels a year after having been adopted.  We’re told he bit the maid.  I get a call from one of the kennel volunteers and I tell her what I say to everyone: you don’t “return” a dog that you have adopted, it’s a surrender.  When a dog is adopted, the new owner takes on the responsibility for the dog, which includes any medical and behaviour issues.  Our adoption agreement states quite clearly that although we make every effort to provide accurate information about every dog, we can’t guarantee anything.  How can we?  There’s no guarantee for anything in life.  I’m reminded of the time when I had my shop (the New Age Shop in Central), and someone brought a book back.  She said she had read it but didn’t like it, so now she was returning it and wanted her money back.  Some dogs are only with us for a day or two, and we can only make assessments on their behaviour and health based on that short time.  After that it’s really up to the adopter, but still people try to “return” dogs a year or more after they have taken them home complaining that they are ill or that the are badly behaved. 

 Another text message tells me that Coco the lovely mini pin is being returned from her foster home.  She’s only been gone a few days.  It’s nothing to do with the dog or her behaviour, simply that the foster doesn’t have the energy to take care of a (12 year old) dog.

 I get a very disturbing call from someone reporting a cruelty case involving one of our adopted dogs. I need to get legal help on this as I’m determined to get a prosecution.

While I’m on the phone and looking out of the window, I notice that the bedroom puppies (who are out into the garden during the day), and some other doglets are outside the fence, frolicking in the long grass.  It’s a novelty for them as there isn’t a blade of greenery left in the garden, the lawn having long been destroyed by having so many dogs running and playing on it.  I watch as I see another doglet squirm and wriggle its way out through a small hole in the fence, and as soon as I can I run downstairs to repair the hole and get the puppies back inside.  It’s been about 6 years since the fence was first put up and it’s now rusted and patched up, but it really needs replacing.

 There’s an angry email from someone whose application to adopt has been turned down.  As much as we want our dogs to get homes, the many cases of dogs being returned after either a short or long time makes us want to be as sure as we can be that the dogs are going to the best homes possible.  There have even been a couple of cases, including the one mentioned above, where dogs have ended up dead.  It’s devastating to know that we have let dogs go to a home that we trusted and believed were good, and it also makes us err on the side of caution when we’re not sure.  What we do know, however, is that leaving a dog alone for 10 hours a day is not what we believe is a good home.

I get another text message: Call me URGENTLY!  It’s from Kirsten, and she’s at a vet clinic where one of our dogs is about to be put to sleep.  The adopters are leaving Hong Kong and have been told that the dog has a weak heart so the flight to Europe would be risky. We didn’t know anything about this case, and it’s pure chance that Kirsten was there at the time.  Now all stops will be pulled out to find Liza  a new home.  This isn’t why we save dogs from being destroyed at AFCD.

Upstairs Minky and Sparkle have destroyed yet another pair of my glasses so I’m now down to my emergency stock, that is, the old and pretty useless ones.  If there are a lot of typos in this blog posting, that’s the reason.  I love these two girls, but they need a home!

 At least the downstairs dogs are happy.  They are enjoying the air conditioning, and for the first time since the weather turned hot I have no trouble getting them in at night.

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3 Responses to “Saturday 13th June: A day off?”

  1. Kaili Says:

    The case of animal cruelty is horrendous. I don’t know how people can go up to a dog they chose to live with and treat them cruelly. They can’t talk and the only way of defense is biting back, which could possibly get them hurt even more. It’s just so sad and frustrating to see that society can cause so much pain to animals.

    Just out of curiosity, I heard from a friend of mine that he saw a maid who was hiding in an alley making a phone call instead of walking the dog. When the dog started making noises to go, she kicked him and he cowered away in fear. My friend didn’t have a camera on him, but he said the next time he does, he’ll take a picture. What are the procedures of reporting a case of animal abuse and will the person who reported it have to testify or can they do it anonymously?

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