Many people have sympathy for stray dogs, but they usually limit themselves to the odd donation to an animal welfare group. It’s very rare that someone would give up his or her lifestyle and devote most of one’s personal fortune to the care of the dogs. But then, take a look at Angela Chan.
Having retired as flight attendant in her 40s, Chan had been living a pretty comfortable life in Hong Kong. But one day when she saw grief in a dog’s eyes as it saw its offspring being carted away by workers from the government’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Chan made up her mind as to what she wanted to do for the rest of her life — saving stray dogs!
According to an account in Ming Pao Daily, Chan sold off two luxury homes in Hong Kong Island, and also diverted some money that she had saved as dowry for her only daughter, in order to put up a shelter for stray dogs.
She took a deserted plot of land near the Lau Shui Heung Reservoir in Fanling, northern New Territories, on rent, and later — in 2011 — developed it into the Hong Kong Home of Stray Dogs.
Chan and her daughter moved to a shack at the site to live with the dogs. Among her activities is sterilizing the stray animals and finding new owners for them. The dogs at the shelter are now all in healthy condition under the care of her and staff there, the report said.
She currently keeps more than 200 stray dogs. Most of them are said to be mongrels. Chan enjoys what she is doing, having had some thoughts of opening a dog ranch even when she was a little child.
However, maintaining the ranch has not been easy as the monthly expenditure could easily exceed HK$100,000 (US$12,900). The high cost meant Chan had to borrow money at one time.
Despite the challenges, she is determined to hang in there and continue her work for the rest of her life. Meanwhile, she would welcome anyone who wants to adopt some dogs or make monetary contributions.
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