" We don't want to die. We don't want to be killed... All we want is to survive in the wild even no human friends give us home. We all want to live with human. We are good dogs and friendly. We want to play with human friends like dogs we run around here with his owner. We understand human friends cannot have us. It is ok, but please let us survive...We were born one cold winter. It was very cold and we were so hungry. Our parents tried their best, but to their despair, many of our siblings were too young to make it, and some of us died quietly. "
Message from homeless dogs in Lamma island, Hong Kong
This is Maya Ando, a human friend of homeless dogs and abused dogs in Lamma Island, Hong Kong.
I want to deliver a message from the stray dogs in Lamma urgently. Their lives are at stake. We have observed there are over 70 dogs living in even in one particular area in the South Lamma, a fisherman village called Sok Ku Wan.
Neither government nor animal rescue organizations take action but said to us, " We cannot help." Village people tried not see it. It is very sad, but true. Volunteers are barely found...
My friend and I have been trying to help those poor and innocent dogs over years without proper support, and we need ask your helps to raise US$ 20,000 to save the homeless dogs and downsize feral population via Trap-neutered- release (TNR) that is yet legally allowed to conduct. Our aim is to downsize feral population over the next 5 -10 years. We don't want to see sick and thin dogs anymore. No more tears. We want to run a TNR and education team even we hire workforces to create a better living environment for dogs and human. They are innocent. They don't attack or bite human unless we attack them! All they want is to develop attachment with human. We can see it.
Raised fund will be used for
- TNR and its equipment, food supply, medical treatment, moving dogs to other paid shelters to re-home after training and overseas for fostering.
9 dogs of those hill dogs are fed by a family when they were puppies. Now, they want to kill them by lethal injection at the government facility. So, one lady who has been helping those dogs want to take them to her country, Philippine, but it costs HK10,000 per head to transport from Hong Kong. She has helped the family to grow those puppies. She said to us, " If I don't move them, they are going to be killed." They used to live the backyard of one family, but now they have moved to the next house where only 2 dogs are allowed to keep 2 dogs. Dogs are now confined in the small cage so they barks. The family has been trying to put them down, but the Philippine lady ( the domestic helper) tried to stop them by suggesting she takes dogs away. Her contract remains only 12 months. She wants to move them to the Philippine by few trips but she has no money. Then she has asked our help...
Due to increasing feral population, the government agency has been trying to capture them to kill after receiving public complaints and some commercial property agents. Meanwhile, people also try to kill them placing poison baits. In facts, many dogs were poisoned to death in the past in this island.
They just hide in the hills daytime and come out for finding something to eat at dumping sites. One local animal welfare organization has been providing 12 bags of dry food (15kg) every month, but it is not enough. Apart from it, they have nothing. No medical treatment, no shelter and no love from human.
Some of those feral used to be owned by human but now they are living in the wild after being abandoned. Many of them are unneutered so they make puppies.
Too many puppies, No home... They did not chose to live in the wild. They had no choice.
He did not make it....
Particularly it was horrible this summer. My friend and I saw not to many dogs, including domestically abused dogs died due to maggot infestation. We have tried to rescue as many as possible, but we could save only a few. Some of them had got bitten by other dogs fighting over food. Then flies laid eggs in the wounds. They are feral and it was extremely difficult for us to catch them.
He was put to sleep.
He is with me now living with other 6 dogs and 2 cats. He is survived. He was found in a abandoned house. He was lucky that we could catch him, but his son and daughter were died. He was quite when I rescued him, but now he smiles and ask me to stroke him.
Save environment and animals for our healthy society
Lamma is known as a friendly place for human and animals to live with green nature and the beaches. The island does not allow cars and bike, so dogs can enjoy a good long walk, about 1 hour walk, between the North where I live and South of the island. However, there are number of homeless dogs living in the hills of Lamma. The fact is ignored.
Human has developed this unhealthy dog community. How can we kill them? We need to look after them until no more feral.
Please help us helping poor dogs. Thank you very much for reading our message.
Homeless dogs in Lamma, Hong Kong and Maya Ando