a dog simply being abandoned is luckier than others. Occasionally
like a dog being thrown out of a window of a high storey are being
the owner wanted to get rid of it. Taiwan’s law does not
animals much against abuse and people here view a dog rather as simple
than as a living being with feelings. There have been many reports of
young people letting off their frustration by abusing street dogs, as
smaller and weak ones make easy targets. Weapons and jerry cans were
used in these incidents.
city streets for many years, our cute dog Betty will get filthy fur,
and no-one of the young women meeting in the park with their fancy dogs
even take a look at Betty. If such a girl will accidentally see Betty
somewhere, it will say “ayoooooo!” meaning “Ugh, how ugly!”. People in
look down on street dogs, they see them as dirty, an infestation and
better than mice or rats, because they rip open trash bags and are
the bushes in the park, sometimes scaring children who play with balls.
people do not know, or have forgotten, that strays once were pet dogs,
like their little “Lucky” or “Princess” on their lead.
If Betty is
lucky, she will not eat poisoned food, as some people who do not like
street dogs roaming the streets will put poisoned food to some places.
they only want to poison rats and do not even intend to kill stray
also be fortunate or fast enough not to be severely kicked or beaten by
person not too fond of street dogs running around.
dangers for Betty are dog-catchers. If someone calls a dog-catcher to
of some street dogs in the area and Betty gets caught, she will come to
local dog shelter, where she will sit in a cage together with lots of
dogs. Only very few times someone will come to pick up a dog which was
Betty will be kept for seven days inside her cage and may think, life
get better, because she gets regular food, even if it is few and does
so good. But she could also end up in a dog shelter with not enough
available for the dogs, as this depends on the town’s budget. In that
conditions in the shelter may seem like a nightmare.
Betty and the others in the shelter do not know that after the seventh
their stay in the shelter, they will be put to sleep because the people
get to pick up new stray dogs every day of the week and do not have so
space. Betty will probably be dreaming of her owners and her favourite
the sofa, when it is all over after getting the final injection.
maybe Betty is luckier than this. Probably she will walk around a
day and one of the residents will say “oh, what a poor little dog you
will offer her a new home. Hopefully
not be abandoned again, when she gets inconvenient for the owner. This
surely make her lose all trust in humans.
street dog situation improve? As Taiwan’s people are now
protect their environment, we are hoping people will get aware that
protection as well. Hopefully people will learn to neuter their pets,
do not produce more and more new puppies which often end up as strays.
government will impose stricter rules on dog breeders, who are using
breeding machines to mass-produce dog puppies and often kick the mother
once she is not healthy enough to give birth to young dogs.
then, there is plenty of work for dog rescue groups like www.stray-dogs.org.
We are a
group of Taiwanese people and two foreign nationals. We are all private
volunteers and only have our free time and personal assets to save
give them medical treatment including having them neutered and then try
a new home for them.
and others like her, we would love to buy a plane ticket and send her
way to a new loving home overseas. Travelling in the storage
compartment of the
plane in a transportation box will be a rough ride for Betty, because
strange noise and smell and the small box will scare and confuse her.
But if at
the end a nice new home with dog cookies and love await Betty, it was
it. We at stray-dogs.org usually have tears in our eyes, when we say
“our” dog at the airport. But we know, only by sending one dog off to
home, we can take care of a new Betty or Boomer who is waiting right