Mon 21st December: A bitter pill – updated at 9.30am

9.30am: Starting to feel a bit more optimistic after an update from Swire.  Please keep all fingers tightly crossed.


I feel like a kid that’s been offered a giant and delicious lollipop only to have it snatched away at the last minute and replaced with a cough drop.  The potential kennel site which Swire had shown us as an alternative to our current site and which I was happy to accept, has turned into a cough drop.

When I was first told about some potential sites there were four on offer, two in Northern New Territories and two near Tung Chung, Lantau.  A site visit was arranged and I was asked if it was OK if SPCA came along too, as they are also losing their premises across the road from us.  I said fine, but what if we both liked the same site?  Not a problem, I was told, as SPCA are looking for a NT site while I had already said I was interested only in Tung Chung.

But, life being what it is, SPCA also like the site that I want for HKDR, and the vision I had in my mind of lots of space for the dogs to run safely and freely, and a centre that would make people want to visit, has evaporated into not exactly nothing, but a firm “cough drop” offer of a piece of land about the same size as our current kennels, with possible extra space but not guaranteed. (The second Tung Chung site was right next to a school so not even a possibility).

We will now have to revert to Plan A and continue with the search for another large piece of land, rather than trying to cram all our dogs into what’s been offered.  And we have three months to do so.  Disappointment doesn’t come close to describing what I feel.  We have two hundred dogs (kennels plus Lamma overflow) that face having nowhere to go in a very short time.

I’m clinging to the hope that things will resolve themselves, and maybe SPCA will find some land which they like better than that particular Tung Chung site, or Swire will pull something out of their (very large) hat, or maybe even by some miracle someone appears who has a spare few acres lying around doing nothing.  The clock is ticking though, and time is running out for the dogs.

By contrast to this grim piece of news, here’s a great photo of the puppies at the end of the afternoon at Whiskers’n’Paws.  One of those giant outdoor heaters was turned on above the sofa and here’s the result ……



One Response to “Mon 21st December: A bitter pill – updated at 9.30am”

  1. Vivian Chan Says:

    all fingers and paws crossed please!!

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