Sat 15th May: Adoption volunteers needed

Although it wasn’t a normal working day for me I had to go to the AFCD Animal Management Centre in Pokfulam to have two puppies, and the two new poodles, microchipped and licensed.  Of course while I was there I couldn’t resist having a look through the new intake, and found a few dogs that I wanted to reserve for collection on Monday.

In the first kennel were two very sad and sorry-looking schnauzers, with coats that were so matted that it was impossible to really see what they looked like underneath.  If it hadn’t been for the fact that I already had four dogs with me, I would certainly have taken this pair out immediately.  Schnauzer hair is so fine that it gets matted very quickly if not looked after, but these poor dogs had clearly been neglected for a very long time.

In another kennel there was a small-sized mixed breed, a fluffy dog that looked as though it was at least part pomeranian, though what else  was unclear.  In any case, I’ll also take this one on Monday.

Thankfully there haven’t been any baby puppies coming in recently although I knew that wouldn’t last long. Sure enough, there were five new arrivals, two of which were really very young babies no more than a couple of weeks old.  There was no way I could leave them there as they needed milk, not dry dog food, so I took the whole group out.  Two of the puppies are chubby, healthy and happy six-week olds, and there’s another one that’s probably from the same litter but not at all happy.  He has a badly injured leg and is probably in pain, and he’ll need to see a vet very soon. 

I don’t know how such young puppies ended up in the same kennel as the older ones, but it helps to have some comforting warmth when you have baby orphans.  After unsuccessfully trying to feed the little ones with puppy milk (thankfully I had some unopened cans of powder), the residue from round their faces was eagerly licked up by the older pups, something a mother would normally do.  It’s frustrating having new baby pups as they always seem to reject the substitute milk at first, and who can blame them.  It probably tastes nothing like mother dog’s milk, and the temperature wouldn’t be right either.  Right now the puppies are fat and round, but they’ll have to start taking the milk if they’re going to survive.  I need a foster home for them, as my own schedule doesn’t leave enough time for caring for such young babies.  Anyone?

I wasn’t surprised to hear that the new golden retriever, Lucky, had been adopted.  This was the poor boy who had never been walked in the four years of his life, and the vet on Friday told me that the mucles in his back legs were very weak and under-developed.  Lucky will need to build up his strength gradually, but once done he will be fine.

Another dog that was never walked is Audrey, the golden retriever mix who was given up for being aggressive.  It was true that she was very scared when she first arrived, but it’s amazing and also lovely to see how much she has changed in just a short time.   Now her tail is up and wagging, and she happily gives you a lick to say hello.  I just love to see dogs transformed like this, although it’s also sad to know that most dogs never get the chance.  They are condemned as being too aggressive for re-homing, when their only problem is fear.  Audrey is the perfect example, as there is no way that anyone could have guessed that such a fearful dog could have turned around in just a couple of weeks.  She’s such a pretty girl too, and I hope her chance of a new home and a new life will come before too long.

Choosing the right dog for the right home is something that’s very important.  Audrey, for example, should go to a home where there are no young children, because despite the dramatic change in her character her early life experience means that she may react to the sudden movements and noise of a young child.  She needs a calm environment to bring out the best in her.  Our adoption team have to understand about things like this, as well as being able to assess the potential home and adopter to be able to recommend suitable dogs.  Right now we are short of volunteers who can help with the adoption side of things and we’re looking for people who are willing to help, especially over weekends when it can get very busy.  If you think you would be suitable and would like to help the dogs find their perfect new home, please let me know.  This is really such an important part of the process and what HKDR does, so please help if you can.


2 Responses to “Sat 15th May: Adoption volunteers needed”

  1. Sandy Says:

    i can help for adoption side at some weekend….so what can i do???

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