Mon 13th Sept: Introducing Bongo

My regular Monday was slightly different today as I stopped off at the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre before going to AFCD in Pokfulam.  I had expected to see the place awash with volunteers, but Alice told me that nobody had turned up yet so she was on her own and unable to get the dogs out for a walk and tend the shop at the same time.  It’s going to take a while to get a volunteer schedule organised, but if anyone reading this has time to help and is already a registered volunteer, please email Alice at and let her know when you’ll be available.

I knew that the miniature French bulldog was waiting at AFCD, and there were other new small dogs too.   One poor little shih tzu girl had been found as a stray and had completed her obligatory four day’s detention, and a peke and shih tzu pair had been surrendered together.  Apparently they came from a public housing estate, the same old story.

We get a lot of applications for adoption from places where pets aren’t allowed, and when we say sorry, we can’t let you adopt, there are cries of “Well lots of people have dogs here!”  Yes they do, and those are the dogs that I regularly pick up from AFCD when they are found out and the owners given the choice of moving out or getting rid of the dogs.   So no, we will not put our dogs at risk, and while I wish the laws were different, until the government has a change of heart (maybe after Donald Tsang leaves office?) we have to be as strict as they are about not putting dogs in public housing.

The two dogs that had been surrendered were very sweet, one, the peke, only eighteen months old and a very beautiful girl too.  Her “brother”, a shih tzu, is four years old, and both are now at Ap Lei Chau, along with the Frenchie.

I took the fourth dog, the stray shih tzu, to Tai Po as there wasn’t enough space at Ap Lei Chau.  This poor little dog is incredibly sweet and loving, as well as having a very pretty face, but she has some skin problems. I know they can be treated, and probably fairly easily, but to think of such a dear thing being thrown on the street – almost certainly because of her skin – is just too sad. 

The French bulldog was also caught on the street, and who knows what her story is.  She’s very small but has obviously had puppies at some stage in her life.  She’s still young and active, so she will be adopted very quickly, but the never-ending cycle of people buying dogs and then passing them on or just dumping them is very depressing.  Those would-be adopters that we turn down, either because they live in a no-pets building or are just unsuitable, will almost certainly go and buy a puppy from a pet shop.  Then inevitably the puppy – by then an adult – will end up at some rescue organisation (if lucky) or on the street.  Almost all of the dogs that we accept for re-homing directly from the owners are from no-dogs homes.

I was only at Tai Po for a very short time as Quene told me that one of the puppies, a six month-old boy called Bongo, didn’t seem well and his gums looked very pale.  Pulling down his bottom eyelid I could see it was almost white instead of a healthy pink, an indication of anaemia, probably due to tick fever.  So it was back in the van and Wanchai to take Bongo to see a vet.

Often it’s only when you get dogs on their own, like when going to the vet, that you get to know them individually.  With so many at Tai Po it’s difficult to spend much time with any one of them, although of course I know the doglets that have been with me on Lamma.  Bongo came from one of the New Territories AFCD Centres and only arrived a couple of weeks ago, so I can’t say I knew him at all.  Now I know that he is the sweetest and gentlest of puppies, very loving and affectionate to everyone.  I suppose having been selected for re-homing by the AFCD vet would automatically ensure an ultra-sweet dog, as being a black mongrel the personality means everything.   Bongo is now one of my top puppies for recommending to families with children, and as soon as he’s better I hope he won’t have to wait too long before being chosen.

The gate is put up while the front area is being cleaned, and the dogs can't wait to get outside again

Without any photos yet of the new dogs (and I even remembered to take my camera with me, just forgot to use it), here are some photos of the Lamma dogs and puppies.  The bulldogs and the puppies get on so well, and it’s so lovely to see them together.

Melon uses a puppy as a soft pillow


4 Responses to “Mon 13th Sept: Introducing Bongo”

  1. Norma Says:

    What a lovely bunch of doggies……………soooooooooooo beautiful, each and every one of them.
    Come on adopters, how can you pass them by??????????

  2. ling Says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for refusing the application from the persons who live in the government house.

    I have received a number of emails asking help to find new home for their animal when they receive the warning letter from the Housing Authority.

    The boys and girls are so lovely and innocent. But they end their life in AFCD.

  3. Paula Says:

    For the dogs who are surrendered to HKDR direct from their owners, isn’t there any way they could be kept by the owner and viewed by potential adopters at their home? Even for the no-dog apartments, they must be given a grace period to get rid of their pet?

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