Having a crappy job can sometimes have its advantages. I managed to get you guys a small plug today.
[quote]THREE ABUSED STRAY DOGS HEADING TO U.S. FOR SETTLEMENT IN NEW HOMES
Kaohsiung, July 20 (CNA) Three abused dogs are scheduled to head
to the United States Thursday for settlement in new homes under a
stray dog adoption program, sources from the Kaohsiung Save Dogs
Squad said Wednesday.
The trio, which were rescued and treated by volunteers at the
Kaohsiung Save Dogs Squad for several months, have been adopted by
dog lovers in the United States, also through the efforts of the
Teng Ya-chi, a squad volunteer who will escort the three dogs to
the United States, sent the dogs to the Kaohsiung office of the
Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine under the
Council of Agriculture for final quarantine examination Wednesday and
obtained health certificates for all three dogs.
All three of the dogs -- Tian Tian, Xi Xi and Mao Mao -- have sad
histories. Tian Tian was a stray living on scraps from a Taoist
temple. It was saved by the squad after phone calls to the
organization saying that a stray had been beaten almost to death by
temple personnel with bricks.
Xi Xi was rescued by the squad from a lumber factory suffering
knife cuts so deep that its bones could be seen.
Mao Mao was a stray from the inner city of Kaohsiung struggling
in the city’s bustling traffic. Seriously starved, the dog was
dehydrated almost to the point of death when squad vets first treated
According to Ni Chao-cheng, a captain with the squad, few people
in Taiwan are willing to adopt stray dogs. Strays, most of which are
abandoned pets, invariably suffer the same fate – slowly starving to
death on the streets or captured and killed by the authorities.
Having failed to find new owners for the homeless animals, the
Kaohsiung Save Dags Squad began two years ago to contact dog lovers
overseas, seeking adoptive owners. So far, Ni said, the organization
has found new owners abroad for about 30 stray dogs from Taiwan.
The Kaohsiung Save Dogs Squad, which runs the first and only
bilingual animal protection Web site in Chinese and English in
Taiwan, can be reached at www.saveDOGS.org.
[b]In Taipei, meanwhile, similar work is being carried out by a
relatively new and dedicated volunteer group that can be reached at
As I said, small, but better than a poke in the eye with a shitty stick. Check out the savedogs site, too. They sound like good folks.