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LAP Lifelong Animal Protection Charity

6 Feb

LAP exists to help animals in Hong Kong and to bring about the conditions whereby every animal has a good home.

lap-1What they do
– To stop the healthy animals from being killed or abandoned every day, LAP promotes the castration / neutral, just because there are too many animals and there are too few homes
– Rescue, care and look for abandoned and abused domestic animals
– Actively spaying and neutering Lamma’s stray animals-the humane alternative to trapping, killing and poisoning
– Generating publicity to enhance awareness of the problems; educating individuals and the public about RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
– Through legislation, to eliminate the killing of companion animal health and other ill-treatment

lap-2The Outcome of Pet Overpopulation
In Hong Kong, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
(漁農自然護理署) put to sleep 10000 dogs and 4000 cats each year.

This figure excludes those euthanized by the SPCA. The reasons contributing to this tragedy are pets overpopulation due to abandonment by owners, breeders, uncontrolled production by homeless cats and dogs etc.

What you can do to help
lap-4Adopt a Cat or Dog
For a rehoming fee is $1800 for dogs or $1200 for cats, adopt. Just complete the forms by following these links: cat, dog

lap-3Foster
Fostering means looking after a rescued, orphaned or recovering animal for a short time. Choosing to foster is a great community service. The best part is having the SATISFACTION of hearing a purr or seeing a wagging tail and knowing you have given an animal a second chance.

Keeping an adoptable animal temporarily in your home is a vital step in the adoption process. Fostering an animal not only improves the chances for the animal to be seen and adopted; it also benefits the volunteer who gets the satisfying chance to really make a difference in that animal’s life. In addition the animal gains additional “socialisation” through your attention and through opportunities for play.

Some animals come from abusive and neglectful backgrounds and benefit greatly from personalised attention.

Many fostered animals are initially timid and wary but gain confidence in a loving and consistent environment. They are actually better off after having been through this intermediate step, able to adapt more rapidly and completely to their permanent homes.

If you already have animals at home a foster animal can provide them with a great playmate and can revitalize older animals, helping to keep them fit and stimulated.

If you are interested in fostering, simply complete this form.

Volunteer
Countless giving individuals have contributed hundreds of hours of unpaid service for animals. Organising events, walking dogs, bottle-feeding motherless puppies and kittens, matching their shelter pets with the right prospective adopters, answering phones, and fostering newborn orphaned pets are just a few of the live saving efforts these wonderful animal lovers perform.

If you are interested in volunteering, simply follow this link and complete the form provided.

Families Walking for Families

23 Sep

mothers-choiceYou’re invited to the Mother’s Choice annual Walkathon: Families Walking for Families on Sunday, 30th October 2016!

Please join Mother’s Choice and walk together to give hope and raise funds to ensure every child in Hong Kong is in a loving family, surrounded by a supportive community.

Mother’s Choice can’t serve girls and babies in Hong Kong without you! They need to raise HK$3M to continue to provide services to children, youth, and families in crisis in our community.

Sign up today to walk and fundraise for Mother’s Choice!

The Walk: Child-friendly and fun!
4km walk along Bowen Fitness trail (start and end at Island School)
Choose your start time: 10:00am, 11:00am, and 12:00pm

The walk will be followed by a carnival from 11:00am-3:00pm. Join Mother’s Choice at Island School for games, food, craft, performances, and more!

Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016

Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Place: Island School

Price: HK$150 per person (aged 4 and above)
Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

To register please follow this link.

mothers-choice-logoAbout Mother’s Choice: Their story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Unwanted Gifts? Donate

21 Dec

Not another sweater, scarf, tie, vase, kitchen gadget, bottle opener, CD – we’ve all been there before. What do you do after the Christmas festivities and the pile of unwanted gifts sitting in the 958973-unwanted-giftscorner? There are so many great charities and non-profit organisations in Hong Kong that would love to take these unwanted gifts off your hands. Here are a few suggestions:

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys, stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

Mother’s Choice Walkathon: Families Walking for Families

9 Sep

You’re invited to the second Mother’s Choice Walkathon: Families Walking for Families on Sunday, 1st November 2015! At Mother’s Choice, they believe that every child is special; every family is unique; and it takes a village to raise a child.

This Walkathon is an opportunity to join hands together, as a community, to shape a future of hope and promise for the children of Hong Kong. Every child deserves a loving, permanent and stable family to call their own – a family gives children a chance to love and be loved and changes the destiny of a child.

By walking with Mother’s Choice and raising funds, you are helping to build families through Mother’s Choice services that restore, build and provide support to families. The 4K route will be a leisurely one-hour walk along beautiful Bowen Road. At the finish line will be a Carnival including food, games, and entertainment for all ages.

web_walkathonDate: Sunday, 1 November 2015

Time: 9am – 2pm

Location: Island School (20 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels)

Cost General Admission (aged 4 and above): HK$150
Concessionary (aged 3 and under): Free

For more details on the Walkathon and how you can raise money to support the work of Mother’s Choice, click here. Spaces are limited, so please sign up early!

About Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice’s story starts in 1987 when founders Ranjan & Phyllis Marwah, and Gary & Helen Stephens, moved by a series of articles in the newspaper about the alarming numbers of teenage crisis pregnancies in Hong Kong, were stirred to action.

The news article reported that approximately 35-40% of the hundreds of girls going to Shenzhen every week were already in their last trimester. There was an obvious need with no one visibly responding, even though people were actually aware of the circumstances of the girls going to Shenzhen for late term abortions. The founders knew that these babies could live given the good and proper medical attention available in Hong Kong – they just needed to find the space and funding to give these girls real options. So together with the support of their friends and the community, they began the work of Mother’s Choice.

Starting with just one borrowed room and no experience but motivated to give back to this city that they love, Mother’s Choice has since helped over 51,000 single girls, cared for 3,600 babies and assisted with 1,400 successful adoption cases.

Teenage Volunteers needed for AFHK Picnic

3 Jul

afhk 2Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. At this annual event all the members and friends gather for a day of fun at the Victoria Peak Gardens. Games and activities are organized for everyone and particularly for children.

AFHK team members all participate on the day but not enough are available to cover all the activities and look after all the kids. This is where teenagers come in. Come give them a hand and help run some games etc! It’s fun !

afhk 3Date: 12 September 2015

Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Victoria Peak Garden, The Peak

To find out more about this event, please follow this link. And if you are interested in taking volunteering for this event, please get in touch with AFHK at contact@afhk.org.hk.

About Adoptive Families of Hong Kong : Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK) is a non-profit volunteer-run charitable organisation made up of people connected by the common experience of adoption. Adoption is a lifelong journey and supporting all who have a connection with adoption to navigate this journey is AFHK’s top priority. Through their growing network, members find support, resources, advocacy and life-long connections. AFHK is inclusive of all who make up the adoption constellation; adoptive families, birth families, foster and kinship care families, families who have experienced early adversity and trauma, adult adoptees and professionals are among their members.

Their Mission
To connect, support and celebrate adoptive families and adopted persons of any age, from any country living in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. To promote and be part of a community of people touched by adoption and the professionals that serve them in Hong Kong and Asia and practice in their best interest of by providing caring support, information, resources and advocacy.

Their Vision
It is AFHK‘s vision that Hong Kong will become:
– A community that understands, accepts, respects, and support adoption and adopted people,
– A center of research for adoption issues in Asia,
– A world leader in care and compassionate support of all adoptees throughout their life journey.