我第一次看到 Missy 的時候，是在信義區的一個募款活動。他對我沒什麼反應，我覺得她非常的冷靜但是看起來有點老，並沒有一見鍾情的感覺。我帶他去散步，他有一點倔將但是還算是一隻蠻乖的狗。活動結束以後我並沒有對她留下特別的印象。
現在我們來到了一個童話故事的結局，我的生日在十一月底，我那天許了一個願，希望 Missy 可以趕快找到一個家。沒想到隔一天我的許願就成真了，過了一個月後我去她的新家看他，我很高興她現在有一整個家庭來愛她。
Missy 我想你也非常感謝你，You are the best girl in the world.
How should I start this story? The first time she ran away? The second time she went AWOL? The time I needed to cry and she nestled up against me and let me hug her and ball my eyes out?
I guess I’ll start from the beginning. Early last year I was going through a rough breakup. I felt myself starting to slide down the rabbit hole. I have dealt with depression for decades, so I thought I needed to get out of the house and do something helpful. I had worked with the PACK a few years earlier, so thought I’d get myself out there and volunteer again.
The first time I saw Missy, it was at a donation drive in the Xinyi area. She largely ignored me. I thought she was a calm dog and looked a bit old. It wasn’t love at first sight. I took her for a walk and she was a little stubborn, but generally well behaved. We parted ways after the event, and I didn’t give her a second thought.
Then a few months later, she came to my house as a foster dog. The first time Missy stayed over, she gave me a huge scare. When the person who dropped her off left, she jumped on the ledge of my balcony. I gasped out loud as I live on the fifth floor. She took one look down and thought better of it. Phew.
A few days after that, I took her to an event. She had a new harness on that, frankly, was not properly secured. When we were on a walk, she decided she didn’t want to go back and slipped the harness. Just when I thought I had her cornered, she jumped a five-foot wall and down the other side. Thankfully she was found later that night.
After staying with me for a few weeks, we slowly began to understand each other. I realized she’s a calm and smart dog. She never barked and most of the time just lay in her spot and chilled. Occasionally when the mood struck her, she would come over and demand to be petted.
After one of those days, I really needed to cry. I guess she sensed my sadness, so she came over and put her face right next to me. I just broke down and let out all the emotions that had been building up. She just sat there and let me hug her and cry for 20 minutes. After that, she lay down on my lap and watched over me for the rest of the evening.
When I started this journey, I used volunteering as a cheap form of therapy. Playing with and petting dogs have a wonderful calming effect. Without the dogs at the PACK I don’t think I would have recovered so quickly. For that I am grateful. Animals can be a great tool for healing your soul. They show you that love can be unconditional, and they can comfort you when they sense you are hurting. They are not a substitute for real therapy, but they are a great source of extra emotional support.
Now for the fairy-tale ending. My birthday was in November and for my birthday wish, I wished that Missy would find a forever home. The very next day, my wish came true. I went to visit her a month after that. I was happy to see that she has a whole family to love her now.
Letting her go was emotional for me, but it gives me the chance to foster other wonderful dogs we have at the PACK and help them to find the loving families they all deserve. Thank you, Missy. You are the best girl in the world.
A dog’s relationship with its human is one of the strongest in the animal kingdom. Whether your dog is newly adopted or already your BFF, establishing and maintaining your bond is important to effectively communicating with each other and for a healthy relationship. Here are three steps to successful bonding.
1. READ YOUR DOG
Dogs come in many types — confident dogs and easily frightened dogs, friendly dogs and dogs that aren’t used to people, cuddly dogs and dogs that need their own space. Meet the dog at its level and don’t expect it to be the dog you wish it to be. Learn to understand what your dog is thinking and feeling through its body language.
In particular for newly adopted dogs, know and spot signs of stress and nervousness. These include yawning, lip licking, looking at you sideways and putting its tail between its legs. When your dog is showing any of these behaviors, give it space. Let the dog come to you when it’s ready to interact. Don’t force yourself on the dog or make sudden movements close to it, as this may cause it to fear you. Try luring it over with gentle words and treats instead!
2. KNOW WHAT YOUR DOG LIKES
Once you have established basic trust, figure out what your dog loves. Some dogs will do anything for a treat. Others love balls and or other toys. Some live for their human’s affection. Every dog is different. Some love the outdoors and going on walks, while others just want to stay home lounging on the sofa. Just as you know what your human friends like to do and what motivates them, so too should you with your canine friend.
3. SPEND TIME TOGETHER
Now that you know what your dog is feeling and what it likes, spend time regularly doing things you both like. Obedience training, playing fetch, talking walks and even just talking to and petting your dog can be good ways to establish a deeper relationship and better communication. Plan ahead and block out 15 minutes of special time twice a day to bond with your dog. Make the dog the center of your attention and expect the same from your dog. Encourage it to give you eye contact and to interact with you.
Allow your dog to sleep near you in your bedroom or even on your bed, if that’s something you decide you would like to do.
While you are figuring out your dog, he or she will also be figuring you out. Dogs are bred to read humans, so he or she will probably be doing a better job than you! The more you know about and can communicate with each other, the stronger your bond will be!
感謝大家對巴克園區圍籬修繕 群募專案的響應，我們募到了新台幣81,600, 超出了原本預定的目標五萬元。修繕的工程評估將於下週開始，剩餘的款項我們會用於狗狗的食物、醫療與其他必要開銷。感謝這個群眾募資專案的執行團隊：台灣大學的Alex, Antonie, Marius, Mia 在他們的教授劉康慧的帶領下執行了這個專案並成功達標。
Thanks to everyone who donated to the dog shelter fence repair fund. We raised NT$81,600, way above the NT$50,000 target. The fence contractor will begin work in the coming days and the excess funds will go to food, veterinary care and other needs. This appeal was conducted as a crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to National Taiwan University students Alex, Antoine, Marius, Mia and their professor Helen Liu for their great work running the campaign and for designing and making some creative gifts to give donors.
Little Sandy lost her front left foot to a trap. Luckily, he was rescued and found a home, but his owner had to surrender him after a time due to a change in personal circumstances. At the shelter, Sandy was not the quickest dog and stayed on the sidelines of the pack, but he loves people and was always smiling and giving cuddles. Sandy had been going to adoption events for years, and two months ago her luck changed. A diligent dog-l see oving family carefully studied the Pack’s adoption page, considered their living space and lifestyle and decided to go for a small, low-activity dog. That would be Sandy! He loves having a home and family again. At first, Sandy was painfully easy going, and it took some time for him to gain the confidence to express himself more freely. Recently, Sandy’s new family felt some lumps on his body, which turned out to be enlarged lymph nodes. The vet’s diagnosis is pessimistic, but Sandy continues to have a happy spirit and great appetite, so his owners have decided against invasive treatment and will let Sandy live out the rest of his life as comfortably as possible. They are a dog and a family who love each other very much and remind us of the power of living in the moment.
Raising a dog from puppyhood is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, but many adopters come to us with some misconceptions about puppies and adult dogs. Here are some common myths.
Puppies are pure joy 幼犬帶來歡樂
This one is not quite a myth. They actually are pure joy! Along with being pudgy and adorable, however, they pee and poop all over the house. They chew things up with their razor-sharp puppy teeth and get into all sorts of trouble. Be prepared for both cuteness and frustrations if you get a puppy.
A puppy will bond to me more than a dog 幼犬會跟我比較麻吉
Complete myth. What most adult dogs want most out of life is a sense of security in a human they trust. Sometimes the bond is immediate, and sometimes it takes weeks or months to develop, but once a dog is yours, you will be the center of his universe for the rest of his life.
You can shape a puppy’s personality 幼犬比較有可塑性
Partial myth. Dog behavior is shaped by both environment and genetics. Even with the best care and training, a puppy may not grow into the adult you have in mind. If you’re looking for a dog suited to your energy level and lifestyle, it’s a better bet to choose an adult whose personality has already developed.
I have time to take care of a puppy 我一定有時間陪伴照顧幼犬
This is a myth if you work outside your home full-time or have a busy lifestyle. When young, puppies need attention at least every two hours from morning to night for feeding, playing and house training. From one to three months of age, they have a critical socialization window and need to be exposed systematically to many things to develop confidence and prevent irrational fears. These include positive interactions with different kinds of people including children, other dogs and animals, all kinds of sights and sounds and even different walking surfaces. These positive experiences need to be reinforced until they are 1½ years old.
Puppy or dog? Puppies are super cute, but choosing an adult dog is a better choice if you want to find a friend for life that you know will fit into your lifestyle! Do research before deciding.
Hei Niu is just starting her second week living with a foster family! She’s a sensitive girl and was lucky to meet very patient humans to help her on her journey towards finding a permanent home. Because Hei Niu is timid in unfamiliar surroundings, she’s never been able to go to the city to take part in adoption events. Her foster family has let her explore a different lifestyle at her own pace, and now they’re able to go hiking together! It’s hoped her luck will turn with this loving family helping her get used to urban life. Hei Niu is a healthy and beautiful five-year-old with a sweet temperament and lovely fur. She’s been spayed and implanted with a microchip. If you’re interesting in adopting Hei Niu, please get in touch with the Pack!
6. BRAVECTO 「一錠除」咀嚼錠是少數主管機關許可用於哺乳、懷孕及泌乳犬隻的動物用藥品。
7. BRAVECTO 「一錠除」咀嚼錠是第一個也是唯一可以口服一劑維持12週之久的治療方式，能快速又有效的殺死跳蚤與多種壁蝨。另外，也是目前治療控制犬隻毛囊蟲最有效與最受獸醫皮膚專科推崇的藥物之一。
Rescuer, Investigator, Educator, Filmmaker, and CEO of PACK Sanctuary
I’ve recently been asked why I allow Taiwan dogs to be adopted overseas. Am I not contributing to the problems in other countries? A very valid question that at one time held a very black and white answer for me. Then it began to conflict me as the gray areas clouded my judgment. After living and working all over SE Asia for 15 years, where street dogs can be a real problem and shelter standards and resources are far below anything most would consider acceptable, I began to question my own authority. Fifteen years ago, when I started working with animals in Thailand and Cambodia, my answer would have been a resounding, “NO! We are not sending Asia’s problems to the USA. For every dog we send there, we condemn an American dog to death.” But a lot has changed in those 15 years, especially in countries like the USA, Canada, France, and Holland. Thus, so did my perspective.
I’m an American. I have volunteered for many shelters in the USA. And I’ve worked several disasters which have flooded certain shelters beyond repair so let’s focus on the USA here. A lot has changed since Hurricane Katrina turned the world’s eyes on USA shelters and the way we keep our animals. In the 1980s, when I adopted my first rescue dog, The USA euthanized more than 20 million unwanted dogs and cats a year. That number has since dropped to just about 1.6 million nationwide, of those, 670,000 are dogs, and those dogs are usually the ones with severe behavioral problems, considered unadoptable. This means there is a shortage of very adoptable dogs in many of the shelters.
Adoptions in the USA have increased by more than 56% in the past 5 years. It’s trendy to adopt in America, And the “dog pounds” of the past are now much more like educational community centers with dogs; dogs that need rehabilitation, which is where Zach Stow’s Marley’s Mutts prison programs come in. They educate the youth and they work hard to match shelter dogs with behavioral issues with tough prisoners and train the prisoners to become professional dog trainers. The program is wildly successful. Muttville specializes in hard to adopt elderly dogs with their Seniors for Seniors programs, adopting out over 1000 senior dogs a year. And the Taiwanese organizations Mary’s Doggies and Ahan specialize in placing Taiwan’s unwanted street dogs into good homes in California, a state that has virtually outlawed puppy mills and pet shop dog sales. In fact, California is the dog adoption Capital of the west. We have three PACK dogs living in lovely homes in the bay area now.
But before I committed to really start focussing on overseas adoptions I wanted to make sure I knew what I was talking about. So I attended the Humane Society’s Animal Sheltering conference in New Orleans in May 2019 and met with and spoke with at least 30 global shelter representatives. I then went on an east coast and west coast shelter tour. I was shocked to learn that there are shelters all over the USA that are in fact starving for animals. 90% of the shelters I visited were drastically under-dogged, some with just 30-70 dogs and rows of empty runs and kennels - a good thing, right?
“Not if you want to stay in business,” says Gloria of Buddy Dog Humane Society, Mass. To my surprise, the more populated shelters of the southern states are now transporting hard to place pit bulls to northern shelters that are struggling to stay open. And even more shockingly, I learned that some shelters in the USA and the UK are actually actively breeding dogs to stay in business. Okay, what?
“Hello,” I said into the microphone from the back of the room at the Animal Sheltering conference, “I have 300 Asian dogs in desperate need of good homes. They’ve been pining away in a makeshift shelter in a cobra infested jungle for 5-8 years. No one wants them here.” Sherri Franklin, CEO of Muttville, replied from the podium, “let’s talk.” Several organizations offered to work with me that week but only a few I felt were of the quality that met my own high standards of placement. Before our dogs go overseas, not only do they undergo training and foster home care, but I must know there is a pre-qualified adopter waiting. We have too much invested in these dogs.
And the sad fact is, many of our dogs don’t belong in Taiwan, to begin with. Irresponsible breeding is out of control here. There are over 220,000 dogs bred in Taiwan a year, literally making it almost impossible to adopt dogs here. We have Mastiffs, Danes, Border Collies, Huskies, German Shepherds, and other cool and dry climate dogs. They don’t fair well in Taiwan. They develop serious allergies and skin infections from the tropical weather. These and the many 3-legged dogs (the misfits) are the dogs I wanted to focus on first because, well, if anyone knows what it’s like to be a misfit or a mutt, it’s us Americans.
As is these reasons were not enough for me to reconsider my viewpoint, we still have some Taiwanese who adopt dogs for the dinner table. Yep, you heard me right. It’s not prevalent but it still happens. On March 15, 2018 ETToday reported 14 dogs were adopted and cooked up for din din. Petsmao News reported a similar story just weeks later with 18 dogs winding up in a butcher shop.
This is why our adoption policy is very very strict in Taiwan. We vet our adopters very carefully and do frequent home-checks. We actively educate the public at pet expos and in classrooms and we do adopt locally when we can but the new government no-kill laws with zero plans for sterilization have created another problem far worse than I could have imagined. The reality is, Taiwan has more than 39,000 dogs and cats crammed into 60 or more shelters and the majority of the human population is still fixated on designer bred dogs for sale in pet shops. Huskies, Shibas, and Corgis are big right now. And we rescue them from bad homes. But we can adopt those out here in a day. The local dogs and mixed breeds pine away in the shelter for years. Over time, they literally lose their minds and either become feral or exhibit psychological stereotypic behavior. In other words, they sway and pace and growl and chew themselves like prisoners in a cell, because that's what they are. Sure we provide as much space and enrichment as we can but with 300 dogs and so little resources, sadly the human animal bond gets lost.
So, why not give Taiwan's local dogs a second chance at life? Shelter life is not living; it’s existing. Why not send a cold climate dog that should never have been bred in Taiwan back to the climate where she belongs and with a good family? After all, this is one earth we live on and these arbitrary boundaries we draw in the sand are part of the problem, not the solution. Taiwan’s dogs are loyal, easy to train, and have very healthy genes. They are planet earth’s dogs and deserve a second chance, regardless of the lines we humans have drawn in the sand. We are all earthlings.
Rescuer, Investigator, Educator, Filmmaker, and CEO of PACK Sanctuary
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful video of Pepsi and her transformation under your care. You are doing so much good for so many animals. Thank you!
Angel continues to do very well. While I promised Caroline (my dog-rescue advisor) that I would not make a final decision for a month (I tend to be a bit impulsive in matters of the heart) I know that I will keep her. She is a total love and is very happy here.
Last night I was in the bathroom getting ready for bed, and when I entered the bedroom this sweet sight awaited me.
I have been spreading the word about AHAN and PACK as best I can in my day to day life. As you can imagine, Angel attracts a lot of attention wherever we go, so I always tell people as much about her story and your remarkable work as much as I can. My neighbor is in contact about finding a dog to adopt. As long as you keep up this work I will continue to support you. I just made another $250 donation.
In April 2019, while working on elephant cruelty investigations, PACK CEO Tim Gorski came across a dying street dog seeking refuge in a residential garage. The owners of the house wanted to help but really didn't know what to do. The nearest vet is over an hour away. Tim agreed to take Pepsi to the vet to be treated, vaccinated, and neutered. Tim then helped the homeowners adopt Pepsi by teaching them proper care. This is the result of that minimal effort just 3 months later.
PACK cannot save animals and educate people without your support. YOU made this happen.
今年四月，PACK執行長Tim Gorski在泰國進行受虐大象調查時，遇到一隻垂死的浪浪Pepsi，倒臥在一個民宅前的垃圾堆中。民宅屋主想要幫忙，但卻不知道該怎麼做，而最近的獸醫大約要開車一個小時。Tim決定幫助Pepsi, 帶他到獸醫那裏診治，打預防針並結紮。接著再帶Pepsi回到民宅主人那裡，教導民宅一家人如何照顧受傷的Pepsi。透過影片，你可以看到Pepsi這三個月的轉變。