This animal shelter in Taiwan is every dog lover’s dream.
At Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, a family-owned shelter established 5 years ago, there are more dogs than humans. As a result of the country’s excessive quantity of stray dogs, the Hsu family little by little started taking in small groups of strays — and that amount continued increasing until, later on, a kind person donated a spacious facility to function as a suitable shelter.
Today over 3,000 pooches reside there while they wait for their permanent homes.
Similar to the countless volunteers who dedicate many hours to the dogs, Angel Wang began volunteering at the shelter 4 years earlier since she, as well, realized that too many dogs in her local area were without homes.
Past February, Taiwan became the first nation in history to prohibit the euthanization of stray dogs as a method of overpopulation control. Alternatively, animal shelters, such as Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, are placing a higher emphasis on spay and neuter programs — a highly welcomed adjustment that would certainly increase awareness regarding the repercussions of breeding.
On top of the numerous regular employees and volunteers, the shelter in addition has an exclusive supporter who creates personalized, low-priced wheelchairs for dogs who require them.
Besides veterinary attention, the shelter also provides an extensive grooming place, a night room for the pups to rest in and a different room only for cats.
Given that most of the pooches are strays and are accustomed to the presence of other dogs, they usually spend the day outside in the “park,” which provides them chance to have fun together and go for walks with volunteers.
Wang particularly loves the one-on-one moments with the dogs — and has actually found her closest friend along the way. Back in December 2015, Wang noticed a shaggy, kind-looking gray pup who had been rescued from the streets.
“She was immediately very kind to me and wanted to sit on the floor and play all day,” Wang shared. “Every time I’d go in to volunteer, she would spot me and would walk beside me for the rest of the day. I eventually started calling her Huei Huei, which means ‘gray.’”
While the months went by, the period Huei Huei lived in the shelter changed into years. But Wang kept providing exceptional care to her — and in March 2017, she formally adopted her and took her home.
“She touched my heart,” Wang stated. “We became such good friends.”
Although the number of dogs certainly outnumbers employees and volunteers, people around the area operate night and day to look after the dogs — and are entirely funded by donations from the community who believe in their objective.
“I love being with the dogs and seeing them happy,” Wang shared. “Their smiles are my favorite part.”
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