Saturday, 4 July 2020

Sat 4th July: More lucky pups

Gorgeous Tessa and her new family
I was wondering if we'd have any puppies left to go to Whiskers N Paws on Sunday when the puppy afternoons start up again after an enforced break.  During the period since we were last there we have always had puppies available at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre, as we do anyway, and today three more were chosen to start their new lives as family members.  I knew Tessa would be one of them as she had a lot of people asking about her, and had the lucky family who took her home hadn't done so there was another family waiting to step in.
Shy boy Denzil is a lucky puppy

While Tessa's adoption was expected, I was surprised to hear that new puppy boy Denzil had also been chosen because he's quite shy.  Both he and one of the new black puppies, Diana, who also has a home now, will have to be microchipped and vaccinated before they can actually leave, but that will be done on Sunday morning.
Diana's going home on Sunday

At the big Homing Centre in Tai Po new boy Enzo was chosen and will be picked up on Sunday.   We also have a few dogs in trial homes so I hope I'll be able to give their names soon as adoptions are confirmed.
Enzo is also going home on Sunday

Bobby loves his toys
The four labradors are making good progress in their respective foster homes, and they're all lovely dogs.  Due to neglect in their previous situation they have all needed a lot of veterinary treatment including surgery for the removal of various nasty lumps and bumps, as well as deep ear infections. This is Bobby's update from his foster home:  "He’s doing fantastic. He loves to walk and he has mastered stairs.  He also loves to play ball and is doing retrieve and bring back.  He has a great nature and wants to play."

If you're interested in giving any of the labradors a forever retirement home, please complete the adoption questionnaire at

Thank you.   

Friday, 3 July 2020

Fri 3rd July: A day out for the Red Dogs

I forgot to mention that I took a senior rottweiler from AFCD on Thursday, a poor ten year-old surrendered by her owner, apparently because he became too old himself to take care of her.  I don't believe most of the reasons given when dogs are handed over to AFCD, but this rottie seems like a sweet girl although her hips are clearly very bad and she has a painful mouth which we need to get sorted out.  Her name is now Cassie and if anyone can offer her a retirement home it would be wonderful.  Photo is coming soon.

The three new puppies are settling in nicely and seem happy, while singleton Denzil is quite shy at the moment.  We're due to re-start the Whiskers N Paws puppy afternoons on Sunday, albeit with reduced hours (2pm to 4pm), but now I'm wondering if there'll be any puppies left to send.

As always, if you're interested in adopting any dogs or puppies please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at

Although their chances of being adopted are low, the Red Dogs at Ap Lei Chau are given the best life possible by the volunteers who love them, and that includes outings like today's.  Everyone had a wonderful time and as always it makes me happy too to see them like this.

There must be homes for these little girls and boys, we just have to hope that the right ones can offer them that chance.
The Red Dogs had a lovely outing together

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Thurs 2nd July: The few lucky puppies

Two girls and a boy
We have four new puppies arriving at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre on Friday, one being Denzil, a boy I mentioned before, and the other three being all-black siblings. 

We needed the reinforcements as Timmy was adopted today and that left just puppies Theo and Tessa, Timmy's siblings, and Sugar.
Timmy found his forever home today

It really has been a very strange year so far with so much going on worldwide and within Hong Kong particularly.  I don't know why the protests and then coronavirus have affected the number of puppies needing homes, but even AFCD have had very few and we're all wondering where they're all going.  It's not only HKDR that's experiencing this strange phenomenon, and while not having unwanted puppies being born is the ultimate goal we know for sure it hasn't happened yet.  All I can think of is that the volunteers who are the ones who normally find such puppies aren't going out and about as much as they normally would be, and it's a sad and fightening thought that the stray-born puppies will either die from disease or starvation, or grow old enough to be having their own pups.

The newly arrived puppies will need to be health checked, vaccinated and microchipped before being available for adoption, but at least they'll be at the Homing Centre and can be seen.

One thing we do know is that a lot of dogs are being surrendered, or will be, due to the difficulties in flying them to other countries when their families leave Hong Kong.  Today we took back Jelly for this reason, a Yorkshire terrier who was adopted from us a few years ago.

Jelly's obviously not a happy girl right now

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Weds 1st July: Lucky 44 for June

Tara going home
It being the start of a new month, we have the adoption list for June and another great total of forty four dogs and puppies finding their new homes.

Tara was one of the last to make the June total and this is what her adopter said:  "A big thank you to you and your exceptional team for helping us provide a forever home to a pup. We ended up adopting Tara, a lovely and very sleepy addition to our family. (Volunteer) Eagle was amazing when we visited yesterday. So patient with us!

Thank you for thinking of us with the other pups and we hope they find families soon.

All the best - what an amazing service you provide the HK doggo community."

Tai Po:
Prada (Multibreed)
Eddie (Multibreed)
Max (Multibreed)
Brush (Multibreed)
Socks (Multibreed)
Paisley (German Shepherd)
Rafferty (Multibreed)
Mocha (Husky cross)
Polly (Multibreed)
Coconut (Multibreed puppy)

Ap Lei Chau:
Curly (Standard Poodle)
Byron (Multibreed puppy)
Cici & Birdie (Multibreed puppy)
Wizard (Multibreed puppy)
Biggles (Multibreed puppy)
Kimmy (Multibreed)
Bobby (Multibreed puppy)
Beatrice (Multibreed puppy)
Betty (Multibreed puppy)
Ginny (Multibreed)
Sassy (Multibreed puppy)
Salty (Multibreed)
Susie (Multibreed puppy)
Coffee (Beagle)
Ben (Multibreed puppy)
Carter & Jackson (Multibreed puppy)
Amanda (Multibreed puppy)
Pebble (Multibreed)
Dino (Multibreed)
Tara (Multibreed puppy)

The Whiskers N Paws Sunday afternoons will resume soon after a necessary break
Whiskers N Paws:
Basil (Multibreed puppy)

Foster Home:
Nutty (Poodle)
Happy (Labrador)
O'Malley (Multibreed)
Penny (Poodle)
Minky (Poodle)
Bertie (Multibreed puppy)
Norton (Golden Retriever)
Plum (Multibreed)
Jack (Multibreed)
Mandy (Multibreed puppy)
Daisy (Springer spaniel)

I'm so happy Bailey will have friends in his new home

To start the July list two dogs left our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre, Bailey the beagle and new poodle Alfie.
In-and-out poodle Alfie

We also took in three new puppies, all-black siblings, who will be arriving at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre on Thursday. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Tues 30th June: We are open EVERY day!

Tessa is so adorable!
It's really hard to show the size of a dog or puppy, and as much as I've already written about little Tessa and how adorable she is, she always appears bigger in photos than in real life.   Volunteer Harryn took these shots of Tessa (and her siblings) today which I shared on Facebook, immediately attracting hundreds of "likes" and you can see why.  There's one puppy missing from the family of four and that's because Tara was adopted today, so maybe the others will follow soon.
Theo, Timmy and Tessa

Tara was the first "T" puppy to be adopted

Tara's new family had actually come to meet a young dog that came to us today, a larger-sized shih tzu, or maybe a Lhasa Apso-type.  In any case Brady is just a year old and unable to leave Hong Kong with his family due to the current restrictions, which I heard are going to become even worse with an apparent 900% hike in the cost of flying a pet to another country.  So please, if you are thinking about adopting and there's a chance that you may be leaving Hong Kong in the near future, be aware that you will have to pay a very large amount of money to take your dog with you.
Brady is a larger-sized shih tzu

Another lucky puppy had her adoption confirmed today after having been taken home for a trial recently, and as Barbie became an official family member a new puppy arrived at Tai Po.  Depending on what the team there decide he may stay at the big Homing Centre or move to Ap Lei Chau.
This puppy boy arrived at Tai Po today

We will be open at both Tai Po and Ap Lei Chau on Wednesday 1st July, and every other day of the year.  If you're interested in adopting please start by completing the adoption questionnaire at

Other than Brady the shih tzu we do have other young and small dogs available. including two year-old white poodle Alfie and little pom Lizzie, currently in a foster home. 
Lizzie is such a sweet and tiny girl

Monday, 29 June 2020

Mon 29th June: The story of the 4 labradors continues

Owen and Bobby before they went to their foster homes
The four senior labradors that were surrendered from the same home are all thankfully in foster care now, and they are being taken to Concordia Pet Care in Happy Valley for their various health checks and surgeries as necessary.  It's incredibly upsetting to see the neglect these dogs have suffered in their previous situation, and I won't even call it a home as it's more of a disgrace.  We know that the dogs' owners were very wealthy, yet every one of the four dogs has health issues plus lumps, bumps and horrible growths.  Bobby tested negative for heartworm (they weren't previously given heartworm prevention) but he had an assortment of masses that needed to be removed, as well as old hair and rotting food stuck between his teeth.  Owen tested positive for heartworm, while Brownie and Casper still have to have their tests but all also have horribly infected ears.  Of course we'll do everything that's needed to get the four back to being as healthy as they can be given their senior years, but it's going to take time and a lot of money.  Any donations towards the vet costs would be gratefully received, and please note that from 1st July we have a new bank account number which is HSBC 741-263776-838 (Hong Kong Dog Rescue Limited).
We were first asked to take this Frenchie several months ago

Brownie is the only female and the only chocolate colour

We're starting to see some smaller dogs coming in, three of which we were asked to accept some time ago but which are only now actually being surrendered.  Two of them, a Yorkshire terrier and a French bulldog, were originally adopted from HKDR but now their families are leaving Hong Kong and can't take the dogs with them.  It's worth remembering that most airlines won't accept flat-faced breeds like French bulldogs, pugs, and even shih tzus, due to the risk of death during the flight, and it's difficult enough to get any kind of dog on a flight at the moment. 

If you're interested in adopting any of the dogs regardless of size or age, please complete the adoption questionnaire as a first step.  It's at

Thank you!

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Sun 28th June: Sizzling Sunday

Over the past few months there's been a real shortage of small-sized dogs available, and I assume this is due to the fact that most people haven't been able to travel and many were working from home so were holding onto dogs that would otherwise have been surrendered.  We have been taking in a few small-to-medium dogs and they are still arriving, but they aren't puppies in case you were wondering. 

Coconut was a lucky boy today
We had some more good news from Tai Po today as puppy Coconut was adopted as well as long-termer adult Polly.  "Apart from the expected shyness and loss of appetite - Polly has been quite remarkable seeing how she
is coming out from 8 years from the shelter environment. HKDR team has done a fantastic job." 
Polly has her own family now!

Also after a long decision-making period doglet Dino was confirmed as a family member and will be a forever real brother for Elmo, adopted as a baby pup.
Dino's adoption is made formal 

Adding to the list of "Pink" dogs, as opposed to "Red", corgi Bonnie enjoyed a wonderful outing with volunteers today and I'm sure she had a great time.  Bonnie is available for adoption and we know she can be a good girl, it's just that like many corgis she needs someone who will be patient.  As with all of these pink or red dogs, there should be no children in the home, but anyone interested can meet Bonnie at any time.  Please complete the adoption questionnaire at as a first step for any dog or puppy.
Good girl Bonnie!