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Dogathon 2019, SPCA’s Wow-Woof Walk!

10 Feb


Gear up for Dogathon 2019, a doggie fun day!

SPCA’s upcoming Dogathon 2019 will be themed “Go for a Walk and Turn Hong Kong Upside Down“! Paying tribute to Hong Kong’s most distinctive district landmarks, their venue will be transformed into a hub of selfie spots featuring the cities most cherished icons.

Now you and your furry friends can take all the selfies you want at one stop! After a walk along the beautiful water promenade with 1,000 pawpals, you can dive right into their super pawty. What a great way to spend a day while doing it for a good cause!

Each participating doggie will be rewarded with a unique limited edition medal, as well as a commemorative bandana, a certificate and a goodie bag. And there are feature points created by local illustrator Ivan Yip, a PET X handicraft market and a Paw and Friends mini concert.

No enrolment fee will be charged, just simply raise the minimum donation before the deadline to come and join in on the fun!

What are you waiting for? Enrol now and join SPCA for a great day out, whilst supporting their animal welfare work! Everyone’s a winner especially the animals!

Route Map

Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019

Time: 8:30am, shuttle buses are available.

Place: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Enrollment: To find out more about the rules and to enroll please follow this link.

For more information, please contact the SPCA
Enquiry: (852) 2593 5442 (852) 2232 5579
Fax : (852) 3019 7445
Email : dogathon@spca.org.hk

About SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and became active in 1921.

Although they are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare, SPCA obtains around only 1% of our funding from the government. The rest of their funding comes from the generosity of the general public, for which they are extremely grateful. It is a constant challenge to raise the funds necessary to continue their work.

SPCA believes that animals are living creatures which like humans, are able to feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can’t speak.

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Update on Macau greyhounds

28 Jul

There was good news for the 500+ greyhounds from the now closed Macau Canidrome. On Friday Angela Leong On-kei – one of Macau’s most powerful businesswomen and fourth wife of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, and owner of the Canidrome – joined hands with redoubtable animal rights activist Albano Martins to announce the creation of a new International Centre for the Rehoming of Greyhounds on a plot of land not far from the glitzy casino towers of the Cotai Strip.

This facility with on-call vets, a medical centre, air-conditioned living quarters, toilets, and indoor and outdoor activity areas, all built to international standards will be a home for the greyhounds until they find new homes or to live out their lives.

Please follow this link to the SCMP article.

If you are interested in adopting one of the greyhounds, please follow this link to the blogpost on the subject.

Adopt a Greyhound

21 Jul

Now that the canidrome in Macau has finally closed, 533 greyhounds urgently need homes. Read this SCMP article about sportswear company executive Kathleen Trainor’s experience in adopting dogs from now defunct Macau canidrome.

If you are interested in adopting one of these greyhounds, do it now. The applications along with rabies test results and others have to been done and submitted to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) by August 31.

To find out more, please email Kirstszoo@hotmail.com

Mother’s Choice Flag Day Appeal – Feb 24

7 Feb

On Saturday, 24th February 2018, Mother’s Choice will have their territory wide Flag Day and Mother’s Choice would love to have you join them on the streets of Hong Kong in solidarity with their vision of every child in a loving family. Funds raised will be used to support children without families and pregnant teenagers in crisis.

Mother’s Choice has been changing the life stories of vulnerable babies and young girls in our city for 30 years. They believe it takes a village to raise a child, and they thank you for being their village by making a gift (financial or time) to Mother’s Choice. Come join hands with Mother’s Choice as they give hope and change life stories!

What you can do to help:
Volunteer and help sell flags
You can be an individual, a group or a school, just follow this link, complete this form and Mother’s Choice will get back to you.
Flags can be sold anytime between 7:00am and 12:00noon

Donate
Can’t spare the time to volunteer? Out of town on the 24th? You are welcome to make a donation instead. Just follow this link. If you make a donation from now until Chinese New Year, you will receive one Lai See pack*, as a token of appreciation.
*(10 individual envelopes) for every HK$300 donation (HK$600 will receive two packs etc).

Date: Saturday, 24 February 2018

Time: 7am – 12pm

About Mother’s Choice: Mother’s Choice is a local charity serving the many children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong.

Mother’s Choice joins hands with our community to give hope and change the life stories of vulnerable girls and babies. Their vision is to see every child in a loving family.

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.