Remember in the 90’s there was a movie called “All Dogs Go To Heaven”? It was a damn classic and I wore that VHS tape out till it couldn’t rewind anymore. Well that movie was basically this story except the dogs aren’t going to heaven and they can’t talk. BUT THERE’S SO MANY OF THEM.
It seems that this shelter in Taiwan has over 3,000 dogs but it didn’t start that way.
Take a look at Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, it opened five years ago and there are somehow more dogs than people there. Taiwan has a huge overpopulation of stray puppers and there aren’t many people helping like Hsu!
They began with a small group of dogs but it’s grown to a staggering 3,000+ dog population today. Originally they had a small shelter but someone donated a HUGE facility and now the doggos have room to run and play.
In an interview with The Dodo, Angel Wang says, “I really love dogs, but especially the stray dogs. Because there are so many, our shelter has become the largest one in Taiwan.”
Wang started volunteering four years ago at the shelter after seeing the homeless dog problem firsthand.
Taiwan became the first country ever to ban euthanizing stray dogs as a means to control the population. Shelters like Mrs. Hsu’s work to raise awareness about spaying and neutering so hopefully in the coming years the population won’t be so insane.
Some dogs come to Mrs. Hsu’s as strays, but a majority of them are rescues from car and motorcycle accidents. Also gin traps are a major opponent of these dogs. No it’s not a Gin And Tonic on top of a trap, but they are steel traps put up by farmers to keep other animals away from their crops.
Wang continued on saying, “We have a vet in our shelter, but if the dog has an injury that is too critical, they’re brought to a local animal hospital. We have a number of dogs with missing legs or paralysis in the back legs.”
The shelter has many workers and volunteers but they also have another special someone that builds things for the dogs. If they have lost a limb they will create small custom wheelchairs for the pups.
The shelter also has a huge grooming room, a place for the dogs to nap as well as a room just for the feline friends.
Wang concluded “I love being with the dogs and seeing them happy. Their smiles are my favorite part.”
Do you want to have your own tear-jerking adoption story? Well head on over to ASPCA’s (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) site and find out how to adopt your own four-legged friend!