Where can I adopt a dog in Hong Kong?

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Do you know many non-profit animal welfare organisations working hard to find homes for dogs of all sorts, types and breeds? Talking to these groups, visiting their shelters, going to adoption days are great ways to get to know the dogs, all of whom are beautifully unique. We hope to save you a bit of time by introducing you a few NGOs which welcome you to adopt.

Groups for both Chinese and English speakers:

1. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

It goes all the way back to 1903 and officially registered as the first charity to deal with all aspects of animal welfare. Besides investigation on complaints of animal cruelty, public education on responsible pet ownership and many more duties, it provides shelter facilities and re-homing. Several centres offering adoption services in Wan Chai, Ho Man Tin, Mongkok and Sai Kung.

2. Hong Kong Dog Rescue

Founded in 2003 to specifically rescue dogs from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of the Hong Kong Government for re-homing. Small-sized dogs are kept in Ap Lei Chau centre while bigger ones stay in the main Tai Po centre. Puppies are taken to adoption events in Whiskers N Paws at Horizon Plaza every Sunday from 2pm-5pm.

3. Hong Kong Paws Foundation

Highly rely on a network of fosters, Hong Kong Paws Foundation holds adoption days regularly every Saturday in Discovery Bay from 2:30pm – 6:30pm.

4. Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP)

Founded in 2003, the LAP dog adoption centre opens from 10am until 7pm every day at 187 Tsuen King Circuit Shop, Tsuen Wan. Same opening hours for the cat centre on 11 First Street, Sai Ying Pun.

5. Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA)

Established in 1997 by a group of animal rights’ activists, it is one of the organisations actively involved in advocating animal blood donation and setting up database. You are welcome to visit dogs in their Yuen Long Shelter from 1-4pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

Groups for English speaking only:

6. Catherine’s puppies

Catherine is dedicated to rescue dogs and have a small shelter in Sai Kung. News and updates on adoption events at weekends are available on their facebook page.

7. Kirsten’s Zoo

Started in 2008, Kirsten has been active in re-homing abandoned and stray dogs into temporary fostering homes and safe shelters until they are adopted. All animals are spayed, neutered with medical care provided (if needed). Adoption days are held almost every weekend usually on Hong Kong island, details are on their facebook.

8. Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation

Started in 2014, an animal shelter in Sai Kung housing around 100 dogs. You are more than welcome to visit those beautiful dogs waiting for new homes anytime, just contact them.

9. Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS)

As the name suggests, PALS focuses on Lantau. Adoption events in Discovery Bay occasionally.

Groups for Chinese speaking only:

10. Linda and Dog House

The organisation has been committed to giving food, medical care to strays animals and has set up adoption service since 2007. Some of the animals are on TV shows.

11. Non-Profit making Veterinary Services Society (NPV)

While this organisation focuses on providing clinic services, it also helps in adoptions days at various places in Hong Kong island, Kowloon and New Territories. The best way to know exact days is through contacting them directly at (852) 2391 5911.

12. Kelly Animals Shelter

More than 200 dogs in the shelter in Lau Foul Shan waiting for a forever home. Adoptions days are usually in Yuen Long, simply follow their facebook page for event details.

13. Ping’s Home For Stray Animals Limited

Whenever the weather permits, Ping’s home has dogs and cats out near Sai Kung Pier 1 – 3. Or you could contact Ping to arrange a visit in her Fan Ling shelter.

14. Home Dog Home

Founded in 2012, adoption days are usually in Sai Kung. For details, please follow their facebook page.

Please do not hesitate to share your adoption experience and tell us any other dog welfare groups.

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