Helping the local shelters
Quite a lot of the local animal shelters are actually operated by one or two individuals who have the heart to help the animals but sadly lacking in knowledge and resources. These shelters condition range from minimally acceptable to deplorable. Some shelter owners are being classified as animal hoarders who collect the animals and keep them in cages for life, providing minimum shelter, food and water, but tragically neglecting all other aspects of animal well being. Animals living in those shelters are with behavior problem and some with health issues and generally hard to be rehomed. Animals from these shelters are basically being sentenced to life imprisonment. The shelters owners usually would not accept help unless they know the people very well.
We understand the difficulties these shelters have and work closely with them, donating supplies, taking the animals for medical care and convincing the shelter owners to let us try to rehome as many animals as possible. We also try different ways to improve the shelter conditions.
Animals Rescue & Rehoming
Our animal rescue work typically involves five steps:
1. Rescuing injured or abandoned animals
( usually from construction sites, garbage dumps, villages in the New Territories,
back alleys of the urban city, or from poorly run local shelters. )
2. Taking the animal to receive medical care.
3. Cleaning up the animal including anti-flea treatment.
4. Finding a temporary foster home.
5. Finding a permanent home for the animal.
Each of these steps requires extensive human resources and financial resources. In terms of human resources, the rescue operation relied heavily on volunteers, while financial support has mainly come from the Foundation’s founder, Kat Cheung, who remains to be the active volunteer in action as well.
We would like to offer particular thanks to SPCA clinics, Dr. Samuel at Cosmo Pet Clinic, Dr. Maggie at Nine Lives cat hospital and
Dr. Paul at Wanchai Animal Clinic.
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TNR ( Trap, Neuter and Release )
Rescuing and rehoming animals is just one part of our role. Another essential part of our work is our trap, neuter and release (TNR) programme. TNR is critical to control the stray cat population and to reduce the spread of diseases among these cats. Neutered cats are also usually less aggressive and not as territorial. This reduces fights and disturbances that stray cats can bring to urban communities.
Our TNR effort is able to achieve with the help from SPCA’s CCCP program ( The Cat Colony Care Program). We work closely with volunteers from SPCA’s CCCP program to trap the stray cats, take them for desex surgery at SPCA clinic, provide temporary foster care after the surgery and release them after recovery. Small kittens trapped during the process will be taken for vet care and ultimately to waiting foster homes.