May- Dogs Homed and Newbies

What a strange few weeks we've had, has anyone had a summer? I might have missed it......... Well, as long as I get homes for some we'll be out there come rain or shine!

The staff at the Peak Cafe certainly make us welcome as we huddle under the canopy with our soggy shoes and damp dogs. The dogs are so good bless them, they, like us turn up and wait, hoping that it will be their lucky day! Come rain, thunder and all, we'll be there - only a T* will stop us from showing up!

See you soon for another rainy, sunny weird month? 

 

Our lucky lot this month ........

Rocky - what a truly perfect outcome for this unusual coloured dog with almost amber eyes. He went back to his dad and a better adjusted, happier dog than ever! His dad decided to stay in Hong Kong after all and so a truly happy ending for Rocky and family 💕

 

Gandalf - an unexpected adoption and a wonderful one. First time dog and they couldn't have chosen a better adjusted, well behaved youngster. Needless to say he fit like a glove and they are all living happily ever-after. I know for his long term foster it will be a bitter sweet moment, but after all he wen't through and the intense care he received - it is the perfect end! Yay Gandalf you have a home to call your own.❤

 

Gerda - Gandalf's sister and what a great outcome even though it took far longer than we expected. She was probably one of the two most popular of the 9 and had many many offers of a home however none of them were suitable for Gerda and it was certainly worth the wait as she has the home I was looking for. I get the chance to see her quite often as she lives right round the corner. Her ever growing fan club ask after her almost daily. Way to go Gerda ❤️ You are missed by many as you were indeed one of the most popular puppies, I hope your magic rubs off on Gretel the last of 9. 

 

Indie - now on trial and she seems to be settling in well and having a great time with her new pal and brother, Tito. We are very much looking forward to a result that will suit all. 

 

Elzan - what an absolutely wonderful surprise after a very, very long haul, a lot of training and behavior issues he has a home. He's not perfect don't get me wrong, never was nor will he ever be, but he's happy, much better behaved and HOMED 💜 What an absolutely wonderful way to end the month. Once again proof of the pudding, "There is the right home, person for every dog, it's just a question of putting them together''

 

Who is new this month?

Pudding, June, Jiggle and of course little Mei mei too. We have 3 rabbits also needing homes - check the website for more www.kirstenszoo.com  and of course our Facebook page (click here) for more 

 

 

And...............
We took in 6 Chihuahua mix dogs last week. Here's a little update on them. 

We have had an interesting time for want of a better expression. Every dog eats and in some cases drinks something different and it has been a real task. Some walk happily, some after a few days want to, some are scared to go far. Stairs ... they have no idea and are reliant on their foster to teach them how to use/climb them. One thing they have in common is they've clearly not drank water from a bowl nor have they been fed decent food; they don't quite get the whole dog food thing!

Some are only eating rice with or without vegetables, fish with soaked dog biscuits and rice, chicken, eggs. Again thanks to their lovely foster parents and shared info we are getting them all to finally eat dog food mixed with other additives. Two of the boys struggled to drink from a bowl and are being taught to do so with the help of a syringe. Caged and those horrible water dispensers were clearly what they had and all they knew. On the 12th they'll all have had their dental and desex surgery and I know will be feeling so good. They have come a long way in a week and more to come. 

The 3 dogs who are up to date - Juno 13 teeth removed and an eye.

 

Jasper 11 teeth, skin problem and ear infection and...

 

Junior 8 teeth and skin not 100% yet.

 

I think it's pretty clear the remaining 3 will be the same. It will cost a small fortune to get the boys up to scratch as just the basics plus dental will be thousands.

Jack, Jumbo and Jake will all be at the vet on the 12th and an update on their health and well-being will be available soon after.

We still need help to cover their costs which are mounting, can you help? Thank you to those of you who have given already 💙💙💙💙💙💙

Our HSBC account 848 525382 838 Kirsten's Zoo Ltd and a tax deductible receipt will be issued for amounts over $200. They really do need your help and we hope to give them the best of everything. They've had the worst already, bless.

Thank you all for all your help and support. Our volunteers, photographers, friends, fosters and dog lovers - here comes summer or does it ?

Cats for this Month!

It was a lovely month cat wise, with 9 of our gorgeous cats finding homes ~yippee~ some newer arrivals and some long termers too! Just perfect as the numbers have to go down before the silly summer season begins, holidays yay! However a sad, difficult time for us when many people get rid of their pets rather than find a pet sitter, a friend or someone to help while they are away. It may be hard to believe, but it happens, year in year out!

Nonetheless, let's start on a high note though shall we, with our lucky now homed cats.❤

 

Ivan & Irene - kittens always find homes and usually quite quickly - we do however keep ours a litter longer than most. We really try to ensure there's nothing nasty like FIP lurking. We wait until they're around 10-12 weeks old as a rule. These two beautiful kittens have a all the love in the world and are having an amazing time with cuddles and kisses round the clock. 

 

Inky one of the most beautiful cats, really wow! Adopted by a lovely couple who waited a very long time for the circumstances, the flat and Penelope to be right before adopting again. We are all waiting to see if the lady of the house is happy with her new friend ........ 

 

Enzo & Yudothis was the best ever, Yudo has been with us for a very long time however long enough to make friends with his now side kick and bff Enzo. We all waited and hoped for the day our boys found their place, their forever family! That day is the 3rd of June and it will be cause for celebration. 

You may remember how Yudo was when we got him, the pain and suffering he'd endured and the fact that he survived says a lot about his strength and determination. It also shows how incredible his fosters have been and the work they have put in - Isabelle and Francois and later Kat & Matthew. Between you all, you nursed, cleaned, medicated and gave him everything he needed to keep going, and this incredible cat has finally found his place with his buddy Enzo.

 

Hera - she's such a pretty youngster and although initially scared she's now with two boys Bilbo and Balu, adopted from us. She certainly looks like she's having fun climbing and playing. They'll help her adjust and gain confidence. We are thrilled she's got friends both cat and people.

 

Henny & Harlow - they've been with us a while and at last found the home they and we wanted for them. A large flat and lots of space to run round and play, a family to love them forever and ever and together - yep we ticked all the boxes and they are very happy kitties.

 

Izzy - she came to us not long ago and ironically went to a home and family who have waited patiently for months for the right cat. Izzy was, she is everything they wanted in a first time cat. Lovely Izzy is at home in her forever home and living the life- yippee!

 

 

RIP - We had to say goodbye to 3 of our cats this month - Will, Yule and Berty. It's always sad and we feel the loss and pain, grief. They give us so much ❤

Will was adopted when abandoned by his owner. He was already middle aged and had health issues however the latter part of life was by far the best. He was loved and spoiled to the very end.💔

 

Yule - one of 47 I took years ago and he lived in our sanctuary for many years until homed and going to live in the UK - he passed away leaving his bff Moon and his mum who adored him.

 

Berty - he was never adopted though lived out his life with a family who gave him everything and more. He wanted for nothing and was over 14 when he finally passed, he was loved and knew it.💙

 

See you next month at PAWTNERS - with some new and some longer term cats and kittens - click here to find them all on the website/ facebook ........ Many thanks to those of you who helped and supported us by volunteering, fostering and adopting!

Dogs for April

A very weird month weather wise but thankfully some people really don't worry about the weather - when they decide they want to adopt they get on and do it! Normal right?

Our dogs do us proud they sit quietly, they never complain. It's almost as though they know what we're there for and why......... them, and finding them the best home with the best people regardless of how long it takes!

 

This months lucky lot

 

A Guinea pig called Jelly pig - we are all happy to have found at least one home for one little piggy. Sadly we now need another little piggy as we have yet another lonely piggy.

 

Guinnesshe didn't have to come back to adoption day, almost too good to be true as he is staying put. Guinness has a bit of a Harem going with 3 female dogs for company and all loving the mad play times on the beach! 

 

Hilary our pretty young girl found her forever home and again with her foster, it really is a happy ending for her given that she spent her her life chained up in a garden. Now nothing but the best for her. She loves her family and home, her first and last.

 

Jessie this was a wonderful, brilliant, amazing adoption as Jessie wasn't an easy dog and it did take a loooong time. She moved back to my area which is lovely too as I get to see her most days and she was really happy to see my pack and hang out. A really special adoption for me this one, she lived in a cage for a long time and for 23 hours a day and now she lives with a cat and is the queen of her castle.

 

Ingridpretty, shy little girl has a home and all the love she could want to go with it. Two new friends too and a quieter place near a beach which is perfect for any shy dog. Away from the noise and hustle of the city, sadly her sister wasn't so lucky.

 

Still waiting 

 

Barney we have him under our wing, he's staying with his family but we are seriously looking for a home where he can relax and feel safe. He came from another organisation and has been bounced around like a ball since he was a puppy. Now with a family however with a new born he's not getting enough exercise and he's frustrated, not surprising. He's lovely though needs a routine and a regular walks. 

 

Gandalf - our gentle oh so very easy, affectionate boy. He's obedient to a fault and wants to make you happy and his goofy ways are guaranteed to bring a smile. Totally toilet trained and will let you know if he needs to go out. He's the perfect family dog, great with children and other dogs alike hard to fault him. He'll join you in yoga, TV, dinner you do it he wants to be a part of it.

 

Gretel - Gandalf's twin though a more outgoing character, she's cuddly and like her twin very obedient and well behaved. Training is easy because she loves to please and like her brother is such a funny creature and guaranteed to bring a smile. The 3 remaining puppies are fun puppies, love bugs and cuddle bugs too there's not a single negative point to be made I kid you not!

 

Gerda the 3 G's and the last of the 9 we took on nearly 6 months ago. She's a good girl and greets every man, woman, child and dog she meets. Loves my cat though its not always reciprocated and she bears a couple of scratches on her chops - both deserved! Walking with her can take some time as she chases every leaf or floating object. She enjoys chewing sticks too but she never takes them home. She has outdoor and indoor behaviour which is very interesting, never gets on the sofa but in the middle of the night she creeps onto the bed and makes herself comfy!

 

Indie she's gained so much confidence since being in foster; with people and other dogs. She's an active young dog who is loyal and would follow you off a cliff, truly. Gentle and undemanding though she loves to be praised and would be a lovely second dog as she's more a follower than a leader.

 

Summer - though she's not with us yet we are doing what we can to bring her into the fold. Watch this post....

 

Longer term dogs 

 

Salvadore - our happy gentle larger boy who just keeps on getting better and yet only we seem to know that, it's weird as to meet him is to love him.

 

Toby -  he's quirky but easy, 3 walks a day, a soft bed, food and water - he's yours. He likes other dogs and happy to follow, he's no leader.

 

Elzanour troubled, little guy is making progress but he's not for everyone. He guards and what is his he is highly reluctant to share. He needs to be the only dog as he has no interest in others. 

 

Thank you to Suzanne, Vivien, Monica, Carmen and our amazing team of volunteers for their hard work.

Hope to see you on the 12th and 26th May. You are all welcome especially if you are adopting or would like to foster. Come and have a drink, a chat over lunch, get some amazing dog treats from Mongolia - the dogs love them!

Click here to check out our: website / facebook / instagram for more information!

Easter Bunnies and Cats too

Wow it was a quiet month and adoption day, but not without success I'm happy to say. As always, around holiday times we get more requests from people wanting to surrender their pets than interests in adoption. This holiday was no different with 10 cats and 4 kittens in a week! It's just tragic...

Trying to do what we can though being fully aware that we can't save the world sadly -  we don't have the resources. Not one of these cats was adopted from us; they were all rescued from other organisations, found or passed on by a 'friend'. Whatever, the result is the same as they need help. We have to look closely and see who is the most in need, why and when they have to be given up before making decisions. 

As we get older our pets do too, and we don't know what the future holds for us or them. Life can be kind but also cruelat times, and our pets get the brunt end; it's nobody's fault!


Who found homes ? As it is Easter we ought to start with the bunnies. I received a call asking if I could take 2, one day old bunnies as the mother had rejected them. As it turns out she actually hadn't but as is the bunny way, they are fed only twice a day and mum leaves her babies between times and does what mummy rabbits do, eat! 

The finder could not have known this and thought he was doing the right thing. He had 4 rabbits abandoned on his farm and he kindly allowed them to live there though he has no clue about their needs or habits, bless.

 

Bunny when I was asked to help two, one day old bunnies I thought I'd better get a wiggle on and start reading up on what they eat, if they can eat, and how?

I put out a cry for help and was rewarded with a couple of willing persons to talk me through what was to follow. In the middle of that unexpected storm the bunnies arrived in a tiny box. These faceless creatures their only visible feature,their enlarged ears were not small but minuscule. The syringe I had was longer than the bunnies, clearly too big 😮 so I went back to the phone and asked a friend to get milk. Fortunately, bunny people came to the rescue with bunny milk, and the necessities and most importantly advice! Even better they decided to foster, on the relief I can't tell you.... They only eat twice a day and have to be weighed before and after each meal and need to eat 50% of their body weight per meal which takes A VERY LONG time . Sadly, one bunny did not make it, but the other is still going strong, gaining weight bit by bit - a sure fighter. Watch this space for more updates. 

 

Fuji - Our teenie tiny, 1 week old kitten found by the side of the road by a large German Shepard alive and kicking. What a beautiful gentle giant, and my oh my little Fuji is doing exceptionally well. She's been fed every 2 then 3 hours by her mum and our stand by foster and her family - what a wonderful example of team work! Lifesavers💕

 

 

Geisha - Sadly it didn't work out in her first home but things have a strange way of working out as her x family adopted our newborn Fuji. Geisha is in a new home and seems to have settled in beautifully. She's adored once again and is a happy cat, long may it last. 

 

Geraldine - We were getting a bit worried as she had made herself so very much at home with her foster, they had a great relationship and chatted regularly. Her penchant was to start talking whenever dad was on the phone, whether she was letting it be known she wasn't happy being ignored or she was joining in who knows? However now in a great home that suits her well and guess what? She's chattering away every time mum is on the phone. She's clearly settling well and a happy future awaits. ❤

 

Hadley & Hamilton - these little cuties were so well cared, hand reared round the clock by our amazing foster parents, they saved their lives! Today they are in their forever home and loving life and all the love and attention they've always known and enjoyed. Thank you to our fosters, ladies you did us proud!

 

Santa Paws - We had him for the longest time and though we changed fosters numerous times as he wasn't the easiest cat, quirky and stubborn actually. In the end he proves what I always have and will always believe. "There's the right pet for everyone, it's just a question of putting them together'. He's homed, loved and the determination not to give up finally paid off. 

  

Who joined us and who is in need  

Our newbies first ......

 

Immy and her little one India plus we have the other three siblings, Irene, Iago, and Ivan - so if you are looking for a kitten PLEASE contact us!

 

Maisy - a beautiful 7 year old small, friendly, female - being surrendered as her family are leaving and she can't go with them.  

 

Jazz - sadly she's a heart breaker, 16 years old and has been with Maisy to date. Finding her a home will be far harder and we only have until August. It's too sad for the older ones especially as so friendly and low maintenance.

 

Bobo & Xiao Xiong we have fortunately been able to find a foster for theses two. I can't tell you how relieved I am. Their owner is terminally ill and we can't turn a blind eye to that. They've been well cared for and are in great condition, blood tests and everything done. They desperately need a loving home and we know at 10 years of age they won''t get many, or even any offers. Doesn't mean we can't try though right? 

 

Idris & Iliana -  they are stunning though painfully shy, now in a foster where they're being stroked and interacted with and gaining confidence with each day. They're going to be great;  it is just going to take a bit of time, and time we have for all those in our care. 

 

Who is still looking for a new home ......

 

Yudo & Enzo - why are these adorably funny, affectionate cats still with us ? It's nuts, they are just the best ever!

 

Henny & Harlow  - they're a lovely pair, they really compliment each other and that's why we are loath to split them up - young, friendly, affectionate, healthy, cute. I mean really, what more do you want ? 

 

Hera - she's coming out of her shell with each day, however, after her ordeal (being trapped) she's still a little wary. Who wouldn't be ? Give her a chance and you'll have the pleasure of watching her shed the fearful layers.

 

Inky -  another still traumatised from being trapped, though she's coming round more quickly and loves one of the resident cats. They spend hours thundering round the flat chasing each other so she'd be very happy with another young cat if you are willing to give her the time she needs. You'll have a lovely friend in that one!

 

Iggy -  having spend his life in the roof of a shop followed by a small cage Iggy is on the mend. He's coming out of hiding and allowing himself to be seen. Just perfect and like the others he has all the time he needs to repair the damage done to him. Go Iggy go!

 

See you all next month May 25th I believe - third Sunday at PAWTNERS - thank you Baymax & Deki for hosting and helping. As always, thank you to out fosters,friends, Steve Uriah Gallery photographer and Ida, Andrea and Yuri helping out.

Want to foster or adopt ?  Keep checking our website which is updated daily or drop me a line. Take care, stay well.

 

Dogs for March and More

We've had a busy month with one thing and another. Thankfully, I'm glad to stay more on the positive side as we continue to try and raise money to replenish our drained bank account. The puppies are thriving though so the money was very well spent as they are really growing like weeds.

We had a great day at the West Island School fair on the 16th - Guinness, Gandalf, Gretel and Freya all came along resulting in a foster and a possible home too - YaY! We were also able to raise $10,000 which pleased our accountant haha.

 

Tattoo anyone? Our adopter of 2 dogs and good friend has done Hong Kong's first 'Tattoos for charity' I believe. It has been a great success and even though it ends on the 31st of the month, we are already talking about future possibilities. You have until Sunday to make an appointment for a consultation, get your skates on and don't miss out. We're excited about seeing them as much as participating.

It's such a great opportunity to show how much you love your dog/s and help a charity in need.

 

Who found homes?

 

Glenda  & Gaga - no surprise there as they settled in beautifully and are having the life they probably dreamed off when living a miserable existence as ex-breeders.

 

Gideon - he's only been in his new home a few days and probably missing his sisters. We hope he will settle and be happy. He's such a delightful dog and deserves so much love, attention and only good things.

 

Gerda- she's on a trial adoption and given that this was her first adoption day she caused quite a stir. Super cute, friendly little girl, her tail just didn't stop wagging and is still going. She has a backup adopter too so it's looking good for her.

 

Freya - one of the funniest little creatures with a huge personality and an abundance of charm. She has her interview this week - lets see how it goes. If I were looking for a dog, she'd be my first choice. 

 

Our Newbies this month 

Hilary - what a gorgeous puppy. We tried to rescue her with her siblings last year but sadly we were unable to succeed. As expected she was given up without a second thought when she got too old, too big - yeah really old she's all of 8 months and so friendly. I'm so glad we were able to give her a chance at a home and a normal life and not chained up in a garden 24/7. She's available and you can meet her on completion and approval of our adoption questionnaire.

 

Who is still looking?

 

Puppies first - 

Gandalf - less confident than his twin Gretel. He makes up for that in other ways; he loves a cuddle, TV, you and a sofa would be his wish. 

 

Guinness - can't fault this one, he's smart and bold but not too bold. Affectionate, loving and handsome too - the whole package. 

 

Gretel - outgoing, cuddly and cute; she's a really good puppy. Learns fast too and add smart to the list!

Gretal and Gandalf are well on their way to being fully toilet trained as they're now able to go out for walks. 

 

Adults -

Salvadore, Toby, Jessie, Asia, Gene, Elzan and Rocky are still up for grabs if you are interested?

 

Thank you to our fosters, friends, photographers, volunteers and adopters for your ongoing support. We look forward to seeing you next month on the 14th and 28th for another busy month with the Rugby 7's and Easter.