Sun 17th June: Donate for free!
It was a very strange afternoon at Whiskers’n'Paws. It was very busy, thanks in part to the fact that there were also cats and kittens there for the first time too (not near the puppies), but also with would-be adopters looking at my own collection. I’d been asked to make sure I brought along Tigger, the lovely whiskery-faced older doglet, as a potential friend for another recently adopted ex-Tai Po dog, and although he passed the “can they get along” test, he will be picked up during the week. At shortly after five o’clock I packed up and left with the same number of dogs and puppies that I’d arrived with, even though there were other possible weekday meeting planned. Going home I saw the Typhoon 1 signal up at the Ap Lei Chau bridge and now I don’t know whether I can even leave Lamma on Monday for Tigger’s handover, as the Number 3 signal may be up by then. (Kat Kuok’s great photos are up on our HKDR Facebook page).
I’d also planned a Monday group vet visit for several Lamma dogs and puppies, and that too looks as though it’s not going to happen. This is the real downside of island living, the only other one being the difficulty of getting home after six o’clock in the evening when the sampan drivers “close shop” for the night.
Even though it wasn’t a successful puppy afternoon for me (the cats and kittens were quickly sold out though), it was much busier at our Ap Lei Chau Centre where several dogs found their new homes. Two poodles, Zero and Toffee, were adopted and tiny shih tzu Twinkle went off on a trial basis (Id be surprised if she came back as she’s just too sweet for words). Also long-term foster Edward, a one-eyed schnauzer, had his status upgraded to “adopted”, something we’re always very happy about.
Best of all, though, was that our lovely, sweet and beautiful mongrel girl, Josie, was finally taken home. She was really one of the easiest and most gentle of all the Ap Lei Chau residents, but sadly her no-breed tag made it hard to home her. It’s funny/strange/sad that it’s much easier to place a bad-tempered little ankle-biter than a very sweet and easy smaller-sized mix. Anyway, for Josie the wait is finally over, and when we’ve shifted a few more of the Ap Lei Chau dogs I think I’ll introduce Doris, one of my gorgeous Lamma dogs. She’s also only medium-sized and such a sweetheart.
Now for an important announcement: voting for the Li Ka Shing “Love Ideas, Love HK” giveaway has opened, and we have five different projects that you can vote for. You don’t have to choose just one, you can vote for all of them and at the same time. Just dial the number (and press 1 for Cantonese, 2 for Putonghua or 3 for English) and key in the project numbers. Don’t forget to have them in front of you when you call. You can also vote via www.loveideas.hk , and if you are signed up to Facebook please also share the information on your own page. This is really important for us and an easy way for everyone to donate for absolutely nothing. We just need as many votes as possible to be able to be successful. Tell you friends and work colleagues to help too.
“Love Ideas ♥ HK” is the first programme of “Love HK Your Way!”, a public philanthropic campaign initiated by the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF) to engage Hong Kong citizens in a united effort to improve our community.
Through an online platform – www.loveideas.hk – Hong Kong residents can submit innovative and creative ideas or vote for projects that encourage compassion and improve the lives of those who live in our community.
Projects receiving the most votes will be awarded grants by the LKSF to carry out their plans of making Hong Kong a better place to live, learn, and grow.
With this first programme, “Love Ideas ♥ HK”, the larger “Love HK Your Way!” campaign issues a call to arms for everyone in Hong Kong to come together and make a difference through the combined powers of technology, charity, and community awareness.