I’ve been reluctant to post here… Too much to say, and not much of it is nice…
Neighbours problem because of dogs? Yep, I know what it’s like, and I know how discouraging it can be when all you’re trying to do is help out. It’s really frustrating.
I’d offer some advice, but I’m at a loss myself. They won, we lose… We are currently looking for a new place. Mind me, we want to find something we can also use as a holding center, so hopefully it works out better for everyone involved when we do find a suitable place.
1- Some, but not all our neighbours often close the elevator doors as we are approaching. How courteous… More often when we are with the dogs, but also when we have no dogs with us. The lady on 8th is the worse for that. It’s to the point where I have contemplated sabotaging her scooter… She is such a witch.
2-Rumours were spread that our house was infested by fleas. That lady on eight told everyone that her baby was being bit by fleas coming from our house. We spent the time and the money to get official documents from the vet stating that the dogs were pest-free. We posted that all around our building, in the elevators, etc, with a note in which we asked for more honesty, and less lies and false rumors.
3-We rent a parking spot in B2 to store some things we do not have room for in our house, and they revoked our right to do that, although many other people do the same. We refused to remove our things, and we refused to take the rent money back, but they put a fourth note on our belongings telling us that they would move it out themselves. Couldn’t chance it, I moved the stuff today. :s
4-We were lied about officials supposedly coming to our mini-holding center and saying we could be fined, etc, if we did not remove it(the holding center). We asked for a contact number, email, name of the gov agencies doing this to no avail. We didn’t budge, and told them that it could not be true. Nothing happened, the mini holding center is still there.
5-Two months later, we found a note on the mini-holding center telling us that we had a week to get rid of it, or they would do so themselves. The note was written as if it was from the government, however there was no name, no contact number, no address, no official stamp, nothing. It was basically an anonymous note from someone pretending to be the government. They also put the same note on a garbage bin owned by the metal factory where we keep our holding center telling them they had to move that too. They were basically putting pressure on the factory owners to ask us to move the holding center. Luckily they are nicer than that, and they agreed that an anonymous note was just not legit. That was about a month ago, nothing happened about that either. :s
6-They posted a note in the elevator asking “the dog feeders” to control the street dogs as to ensure they would not find refuge at night in the B1 and B2 parking lot, and they threatened to call the dog catchers were we to not “control” the dogs. I lost it and wrote them a long reply(3 pages) which we also posted in the elevator(translated in Chinese). In the letter, I explained CNR, I also explained that all the dogs in their neighbourhood were desexed, vaccinated, and healthy. I explained how this prevents new dogs from coming into this neighbourhood, and I also explained that the dogs aren’t ours, they are theirs. It’s their country, it’s their neighbourhood, and all we have done is help them out, and helped the community in the process. I also mentioned how much all of these dogs cost us, which is about 40 000nt.
The note was received well by many, and some people even thanked us. Others were not so thankful… See number 7 below…
7-They called the dog catchers… They came around twice now… No dogs were caught because they are not easy to get close to, except for a few of us who feed them, and face it, dog catchers are useless. This infuriated some people since there is nothing they can do about it. That’s when we lost our parking spot, and that’s when the anonymous note was posted on our mini holding center…
Then of course there’s Superman who keeps telling me that my dogs are dirty. Actually, he stopped doing that once I suggested we put him down, too, because he is also sick, just like the dogs he considers dirty.(Mostly fur problems and shaved spots makes them look scruffy. But to him, it’s dirty)
We have looked at many houses already, and we are looking at more of them every weekend. We hope to be out of here by the end of January, at the latest, because we fear just like the OP, that their next move will be to simply poison the dogs which would be a real shame…
You’d wonder why we haven’t been evicted yet… Our landlady loves us. When we moved in here, the place was bashed. I fixed everything, and I re-painted the whole house. In addition to that, my wife is a clean freak. Everytime our landlady comes over, she can’t believe how good her house looks. She’s actually coming here this coming Sunday with a translator to try to convince us to stay. She’s asking us to ignore the neighbours.
We like this place, and we fixed it up into a really nice and cozy appartment, but we can’t live with “some” of our neighbours anymore… It gets to you sometimes… Besides we need more space to help more animals.
It’s a good thing that there are also people who are supportive and who respect the work that some of us do. Otherwise, I don’t know if I would bother… Too discouraging.
Chin up Lo Bo To! You are doing a good thing. Don’t let the bastards get you down, mate.