Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Tues 31st March: Our HKDR emails are down again

We can cross off Rio, Lola, Wilf and Sophie now
With our hongkongdogrescue.com emails having been hacked I know it's frustating for those who have tried to contact us as messages are bouncing back.  We do all have alternative gmail accounts that we can use and the adoption questionnaires are reaching me as normal (so far), so hopefully at least some communication is possible.  In the meantime you can always send messages via the Hong Kong Dog Rescue Facebook page and we'll do our best to reply within a day as we would with emails.

To answer some frequent questions, if you are already a registered volunteer at our Homing Centres please come as usual, assuming you haven't recently returned from overseas and need to be staying at home.  As Tai Po Homing Centre volunteers will know, the site is huge and outdoors so there's no concern about social distancing, but obviously there can be no group outings.  Volunteers will be expected to use common sense about their own health protection and that of other volunteers, and respect personal space.

Regarding offers of foster homes, we don't really need any more for small sized dogs but we have lots of medium-to-large dogs at our Tai Po Homing Centre, and having at least some of these moving to temporary homes will relieve our staff of the burden of trying to look after so many.  We would greatly appreciate the help but please only offer if you can genuinely take in a dog for an unknown time period, because replying to so many emails is time consuming when in the end it turns out that the potential foster home isn't really suitable.  Our Foster Coordinator Cindy is a volunteer with a full time job as well as a family, so she is working flat out to try to reply to everyone.

Casper will be returning to our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre
We won't be holding a puppy adoption afternoon this coming Sunday, as unfortunately it's not feasible or appropriate, but we do have some puppies coming back to our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre so they can be seen by appointment. 

Sidney and Zeb are reunited at Ap Lei Chau

Older puppy Sidney is already staying with us again after his friend Rio was adopted, and Casper will be returning too.  Also coming back from foster are the two young siblings Tara and Turbo, and again they will be able to be seen at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre by appointment.
Tara or Turbo

Please start the adoption process by completing the questionnaire at www.hongkongdogrescue.com/adopt/adoption-questionnaire/ so we can help you find the ideal match.

Thank you all for your patience and help in seeing us through this very challenging time. Your support is always very much appreciated.

Monday, 30 March 2020

Mon 29th March: Can you really promise forever?

We have a lot of dogs at our Tai Po Homing Centre and they need YOU!
We're receiving so many adoption enquiries, as I know all other rescue groups are too, and while it seems like a good thing unfortunately most are for small-sized puppies which we don't currently have, or particular breeds which we also don't keep in stock. 

I'm also wondering if the sharp increase in people looking to adopt is due to the fact that so many are now working from home and have plenty of time to care for a dog, and what will happen when things return to normal, if and when they ever do? 

So I'm suggesting that you start with fostering, and maybe not a puppy, or at least an older puppy or young adult, so you can see just what is involved in terms of time, energy and everything else.  When you have a dog that means for around fifteen years (if you adopt a puppy) everything you do or plan has to take into account the four-legged family member, and that includes holidays, moving home or country, and even lie-ins which become a thing of the past.   You dog will rely on you for everything, including his or her life - FOR EVER - so please think very carefully about the long-term commitment and if you can really promise to be there until the very end.

If you're young your life will change, so can you really be sure at twenty-one that you will always be there for your dog?  If you're adopting for your children have you considered that they will grow up and may well lose interest?  Don't believe that when a five year-old promises to be responsible that he or she has any concept of what that means because no child can be responsible for a life.

Tai Po dogs come in all colours and ages
We have a lot of dogs at our Tai Po Homing Centre that would love to have a try-out during this difficult coronavirus time, so perhaps you can offer to foster and see how it goes.  Of course we hope you will fall in love and never want to give your foster dog up, but this is the perfect way to really understand just what kind of time commitment having a dog means.

We are looking for foster homes for the medium to large sized dogs at Tai Po Homing Centre in response to the COVID-19 situation. Please complete the foster questionnaire if you can help foster a dog! https://hongkongdogrescue.com/volunteer/fostering/
Please note that:
1. Fostering period will start from 2 weeks and ideally until as long as the COVID-19 situation will last.
2. HKDR will provide food and all the necessary items.
3. Our team will assign a suitable dog who is in need for fostering for each foster home. You may let us know your preferences but please understand it’s most helpful for us if you are open to foster any dogs.
4. Some of the dogs may be shy with strangers or nervous in a new environment - it would help if foster parents have the patience and ideally the experience to deal with a nervous dog.
Thank you!

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Sun 29th March: Adapting as necessary

Lola was picked up from her foster home today
For the first time in many years our regular Sunday Puppy Afternoon didn't take place, not only because both Whiskers N Paws and our own Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre were closed, but also because "gatherings" of more than four people are now not allowed.  We're all having to adapt to  a new way of living and working, and currently that means meeting available puppies in their respective foster homes unless they're staying at our Tai Po Homing Centre which is open as usual due to it being an outdoors venue.  We do have some puppies there as well as all of the adults, from young to senior, so please don't forget them and that they also need homes.
Jasmine is the newest Tai Po dog and an incredibly sweet girl
We can cross off Rio, Wilf and Lola from this collection

The virtual lockdown has also meant that we're not seeing dogs coming in as we used to, so for those who have offered to foster - thank you - for now all puppies are already in temporary homes, or moving in with their forever families like Lola did today.  However who knows what will arrive on any given day so if there's a new need for foster homes you'll read about it here first.

For more details of the available puppies please see this link  https://www.facebook.com/hkdogrescue/photos/pcb.3174696712543039/3174692742543436/?type=3&theater

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Sat 28th March: Who went and who's left?

Wilf is settling in with his new family
Before I talk about the day's round-up of dogs that were adopted or went to foster homes I want to talk about some of the puppies that are still available and waiting for adoption.   To make it easy here's  a link so you can just browse through https://www.facebook.com/hkdogrescue/photos/pcb.3174696712543039/3174692742543436/?type=3&theater

Most of the puppies are staying in foster homes while Sidney moved back to the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre from Whiskers N Paws after his friend Rio was adopted (spoiler alert), so he's ready and available to meet at any time on Sunday.  I've also asked that adorable Sophie be dropped off by her foster parent to spend the day at Ap Lei Chau so she can easily be seen, but as the front door is currently locked you will need to let us know what time you plan to visit so we can let you in.
Sophie will be at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre today

A reminder that we ask that anyone who has recently come back to Hong Kong from overseas to abide by the 14-day home quarantine requirement and do not visit until after that period.

Our special girl Rio has found her forever family
Now for the happy going home list, and Rio as mentioned is at the top.  This lovely girl waited a long time for her forever family, but now she's found just that and we're all so delighted for her.

Poodles Nutty, Nando and Minky left the Homing Centre to go to foster homes, as did pom Lily, puppy Noddy and office dog Hailey (and a huge cheer for that one!)
Adorable little Candy would be perfect for a family

Remaining small dogs are poodles Candy (with heartworm) and senior Bambi, and schnauzer Fergus who's also heartworm positive. (Romeo the Frenchie  should be going home soon).
Fergus is also a lovely boy although he too has heartworm

Despite these very challenging times and having to temporaily close the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre to casual visitors (we're still open for pre-arranged adoptions) we're getting a lot of enquiries.  Many are for fostering of course, but still I hope to be sharing more adoption news soon.

Please complete the adoption questionnaire at www.hongkongdogrescue.com/adopt/adoption-questionnaire/ if you're interested in any of our lovely dogs, and remember that adopting from HKDR means access to our very experienced trainer Cactus from the moment you take your dog or puppy home. 

Friday, 27 March 2020

Fri 27th March: Yes we have puppies available

Adele says WHAT???
Just another reminder that we won't be holding a puppy afternoon this Sunday, but that we have puppies available to meet and adopt directly from their foster homes rather than the Homing Centre. Although that means having to arrange mutally convenient meetings it does also mean that the puppies have already been in real homes so are very ready to move to forever situations.   Here are some of the puppies from last Sunday
 Puppy Adoption Day 22 March 2020 - Part 3, and we also have others like Bailey, Lola and Sophie who didn't come then but are also available.   To arrange meetings please complete the adoption questionnaire as a first step (www.hongkongdogrescue.com), then our Foster Coordinator Cindy can arrange the meetings.
Wilf should ne moving home today too
Lola couldn't make it last Sunday

Bailey has been in a wonderful foster home

Some good news, which I always love to share, husky Misha had her adoption confirmed as well as one of the newest litter of puppies, Talia.

Keep reading for more happy stories as they come in!
Talia is adopted, yay! 
Tasha and Talia are adopted

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Thurs 26th March: No Sunday puppy event this week

Lola is a super-smart girl according to her foster
With both the Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre closed for everyone except genuine adopters, and Whiskers N Paws closed on Sunday afternoon, we won't be holding the regular puppy afternoon for the first time in many years.  That doesn't mean you can't meet the puppies, it just means that appointments can be arranged with the foster parents through our volunteer Foster Coordinator Cindy, which is how puppy Sloop found her home.
Doglet Rio is a small-sized girl and friendly to all

Doglets Rio and Sidney are staying at Whiskers N Paws full time so you can always meet them there, but in all cases we will need the completed questionnaire in advance so we can suggest suitable matches.  You can find it at www.hongkongdogrescue.com/adopt/adoption-questionnaire/

Adele has been in a wonderful foster home and is very social and happy
We'll be posting all of the available puppy photos and details here and on our Hong Kong Dog Rescue Facebook page, and will also reply individually to all adoption applications.   If you're waiting for an email please check your Spam inbox as many seem to end up there! 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this very challenging time.  The interests of our staff, volunteers and dogs are uppermost in our daily operations so please stay home if you have recently returned from overseas or if you don't feel well.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Weds 25th March: Thankful for many things

Sloop and Josie
Keeping things upbeat and positive at a time when a lot of people seem to be struggling with fear and anxiety, puppy Sloop was taken home today for a trial adoption after a meeting arranged with her foster parents.  Sloop, the last of the "Boat Litter", is now getting to know her "sister" Josie, also an ex-HKDR dog.

We also had a visit from a couple who adopted a dog a long time ago from our Pokfulam Kennels days, and they had come to hand over a very generous donation.  In fact we have so much to be grateful for in terms of support shown during this difficult time, and I'm thrilled to be able to say that our "Matching Challenge" limit of $200,000 has been reached,  which means the amount is doubled to $400,000 thanks an amazing anonymous donor!

Thank you 城寨for donating virus protection supplies to HKDR, and cash donation of $10k to help us get through these difficult times!
We've also received donations of important cleaning and sanitising products on top of a $10,000 donation, so again were really very grateful for kindness shown.

The Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre was closed to casual visitors today and will remain so for the time being, but that doesn't mean that life isn't going on as normal behind the scenes.  Staff and volunteers need to take care of the dogs, feed and walk them as usual, and we still welcome adopters to meet the dogs.  Anyone genuinely interested in adopting should first of all complete the questionnaire at www.hongkongdogrescue.com/adopt/adoption-questionnaire/  after which we can agree a mutually convenient time to introduce the suitable dogs.

Being an outdoors venue our Tai Po Homing Centre remains open as usual, but again please only come if you are looking to adopt.

Naturally we ask that anyone who has recently returned from overseas NOT to come to either Homing Centre and to observe the 14 day home quarantine requirement.  This is a serious matter as any infection would be devastating for us, so if in doubt and maybe feeling a little bit unwell for whatever reason, PLEASE STAY AWAY.

Bamboo was abandoned but is now adopted
More good news, doberman Bamboo who was found as a stray in the middle of the Sai Kung countryside has had his trial adoption confirmed as a forever home.  Bamboo is already a senior so it's lovely to know he will be spending his retirement days in a loving environment.