Fri 9th April: An unusual newcomer

Now that SPCA are no longer opposite our kennels at Pokfulam, a lot of time is spent ferrying dogs to “outlying” clinics, and picking them up again. Today Kathy had to go to SPCA Wanchai to collect two of the nine doglets that had been born to a previously adopted puppy, the one who wasn’t desexed as promised and had the subsequent, inevitable litter. 

We had had to call on the SPCA for help as these puppies had since grown into large doglets, and the females were coming into season themselves.  All ten dogs (mother and offspring) are living on Peng Chau, with an owner who is incapable of looking after them.  As a result, the dogs are under-socialised (actually not at all socalised), and SPCA had a problem even getting into the apartment to take two of the females out.  Somehow they managed it, and the dogs were taken to Wanchai for desexing before finally coming to Pokfulam.  I have to thank SPCA for their invaluable help with this, as without them I don’t know how we would have managed.

I had originally said we’d help with re-homing the puppies, but that was before I realised that ‘puppy’ was hardly the right description any more, and that they had grown into timid and suspicious young adults.  The situation is incredibly sad as the woman who has the dogs was literally left holding the babies when her “friend” left the country, never to return.  She has been unable to pay her rent for some time, the landlord wants her out (of course), and she still has seven doglets and the mother to deal with.  There’s one female left which must be desexed as a matter of urgency, but then what?  If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

At the same time as Kathy was collecting the two dogs from SPCA, I had to go to Tin Hau to pick up a sweet little Japanese spitz who had been surrendered to AFCD when her family left Hong Kong.  To be fair to them, they had apparently tried to take her back to the UK  but she failed the health test.  She’s an old girl, and actually quite healthy apart from terrible teeth which were so rotten they were infecting her whole mouth as well as her system.  It must have been incredibly painful, and she was drooling constantly (and stinking too).  She had to have every single tooth removed, but at least it’s taken away the source of pain and infection.

We had two new additions today, one a very sweet corgi boy (who should find a home fairly quickly), and the other a terrapin (otherwise known as a turtle) who was surrendered to AFCD by the same person who tried to hand in a dead snake at the same time.  I didn’t want to leave the terrapin to an unknown fate, so I said I would take it.  He (she?) did the obligatory four days in detention and I was told it was free to go today.  I believe one of the volunteers will be taking it.


5 Responses to “Fri 9th April: An unusual newcomer”

  1. tinajane Says:

    Still think the family who’s dog failed the health test are to blame. If they were going to England they could have got the tests and documents earlier and just topped up with yearly vaccines. All English and Australian dog owners should do this rather than wait till you know you are going home. You never know when you might loose your job or a family emergency might pop up.

    If it was to Australia i accept they could have failed on something minor but how could they let their dogs teeth get into such a state?

    Also, I can’t ever imagine leaving my dogs behind but for some crazy reason I had to, then I think it should be my responsibility to find them home not Hong Kong Dog Rescues. Also wonder if he family left some money to rehome the dog, if they were willing but unable to fly her home then they could have left the cost of the flight or at least the money for the dental work.

    Think one of the hardest things you have to do Sally is put up with all the lapsap excuses owners come up with for dumping the dogs.

  2. Diana Says:

    Apple Daily has front page coverage of Claire’s search for Jay. Hopefully, this will help in the search and I’m praying that they will be reunited very very soon.

  3. Sally Says:

    Sorry Queeny, I can only see little boxes!

  4. Norma Says:

    Sally I think you are getting soft. In my opinion anyone handing their dog over to AFCD knowing full well it will be pts does not deserve your kind words. If they could not take it to the UK with them and it was old or they could not find it another good home then they should have had the guts to take it to their vet themselves and had it pts at least with the love and dignity it deserved and not be left with AFCD to end its life. They were not to know that you would rescue the poor dog.
    Thankfully the dog is now in good hands and hope its health improves.

  5. DL Says:

    I agree with Norma. If my dog was really getting along, old and rather sick, and not able to go to a new country with me, the very VERY least I’d do is to take it to a vet and put it to sleep with me carrying it and giving my last love. What I’d most likely do is to look very very hard for a fosterer or a new home for my dog, and making sure the new home is a good one. Sending the dog at AFCD is puzzling – I can never imagine chucking my dog to be put to sleep by strangers. I could not bear that – I cannot even bear my dog being put to sleep!!

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