Header images courtesy of Hong Kong Dog Rescue (via Facebook)
If you yourself are thinking about getting a companion animal, you, too, may also want to consider adopting from a non-profit organisation before hitting the pet shops. Not only do you help sustain charities by adopting from their shelter, but they are also run by animal welfare advocates who are experienced in matching the right rescue animal to you and your lifestyle to ensure a long-lasting and harmonious relationship.
It may be a bit difficult at first—many of these animals were abandoned, mistreated, or abused, and may take some tender loving care, training, and attention to rehabilitate back into society and regain their trust. Or it may not be difficult at all, and your wonderful new friend fits right into your family and routine. Either way, an animal is for life, so be aware when welcoming a pet into your life and only do so if you can commit and see it through. If you can, the benefits to both you and your pet far outweigh the cost. Here are some of the top pet adoption organisations in Hong Kong where you may meet your “pawtner in crime.”
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Photo credit: Catherine’s Puppies
Based out of a small shelter in Sai Kung, director Catherine Lumsden does the utmost to provide the best care to all of their rescue dogs until they have been rehomed. To visit Catherine’s Puppies, the shelter is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm, and you may visit their website or Instagram account, where puppies that need a home are featured daily.
Catherine’s Puppies, Ho Chung, Sai Kung | (+852) 6799 7530
Photo credit: HKDR
Founded in 2003, HKDR has grown to become one of the largest dog adoption centres in Hong Kong. They have expanded their adoption days to Concordia Pet Care in Happy Valley on every first and third Saturday of the month, in addition to their regular Sundays at Ap Lei Chau’s Whiskers N Paws. They also host dog training programmes in collaboration with Positive Partners in Cantonese and English to educate owners how to better understand and communicate with their new family member. To check out their small- and medium-sized dogs, head to their shelter in Ap Lei Chau. To visit their larger dogs, head to Tai Po, where equally cuddly and adorable pups await for their forever homes.
Hong Kong Dog Rescue, locations across Hong Kong
Photo credit: HK Paws
HK Paws is a volunteer-driven, animal rescue organisation dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats in Hong Kong. Since early 2005, HK Paws has been working closely with local animal shelters to provide financial aid, animal care consultation, as well as fostering and rehoming services. To meet their rescue animals, visit their adoption days in Discovery Bay.
Hong Kong Paws Foundation, Discovery Bay | (+852) 9485 5188
Photo credit: Kirsten’s Zoo
There isn’t an animal too big or small at Kirsten’s Zoo, as all are welcome here. Of course, the majority are cats and dogs, though Kirsten’s Zoo has been known to rehome other companion animals such as terrapins, hedgehogs, and rabbits, too! Be sure to check out their website to see which animals are in need of adoption or foster homes, and keep your eyes peeled for their adoption days, as they alternate Sundays between cat and dog adoption at Pawtners or Peak Café Bar.
Kirsten’s Zoo | (+852) 5595 1933
Photo courtesy of LAP
LAP, established 18 years ago, initially ran as a foster network without kennels or staff, with the aim to find homes for abandoned and neglected companion animals in Hong Kong. Since then, LAP has expanded, and you may now visit their rescue cats at their cat adoption centre in Sai Ying Pun, and their dog adoption centre in Tsuen Wan. Regular adoption days are also held every Sunday at Private i’s Concept Store in Causeway Bay, where you may get the chance to meet the animals in person and interact with them to discover whether an animal is the right fit for you and your home.
Lifelong Animal Protection, locations across Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
Photo credit: Paws United
Paws United is run by a group of dedicated volunteers with experience in homing over 500 animals a year. They aim to build a safe half-way home for homeless animals in need, and host regular adoption days at Locofama in Sai Ying Pun, and occasionally at the Coffee Academics flagship store in Causeway Bay for both their dogs and cats. Visit their new Cat Adoption Centre at The Pulse, open every day from 10 am to 7 pm. To find out where their next adoption day is being held, or to find out more information, be sure to follow them on social media for updates.
Paws United, Cat Adoption Centre, Shop 210, The Pulse 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 9130 2919
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Home to 113 rescue dogs, and quickly becoming recognised for rescuing, and rehabilitating, many mistreated and abandoned dogs—the shelter largely relies on the generous donations of the public to meet their monthly operational cost of $150,000. Their most well-known rescue case was of a dog that was left stranded out to sea on a fishing boat during one of Hong Kong’s worst typhoons back in August 2018, which launched a petition calling for tougher animal welfare laws. The dog, who has since been named Tyson, now enjoys life at the shelter with his two kennel mates and is cared for by the wonderful and committed volunteers. To visit or help more dogs like Tyson, you may volunteer, donate or (even better) adopt, by visiting the sites below.
Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation, 151 Tai Lam Wu, Sai Kung | (+852) 6012 8559
Photo credit: SPCA
The SPCA needs no introduction, as they have been rescuing and rehoming a range of animals since 1903, from hamsters, guinea pigs, cats and dogs to terrapins, lizards, and birds. They are the first charity in Hong Kong to deal with all aspects of animal welfare. With only 1 percent of funds coming from the government, the large majority comes from the generosity of the general public, which helps fund many of their services, such as their veterinary clinic, rescue team, law enforcement and homing services. To find out more about SPCA and their various projects across Hong Kong, visit their website.
SPCA, locations across Hong Kong | (+852) 2802 0501
Photo credit: TAILS Lantau
TAILS (Team for Animals in Lantau South) is an animal welfare society run by volunteers who aim to serve as the main point of contact to provide safety and care for animals on Lantau and beyond. TAILS offer a foster and adoption programme to help nurture and provide treatment to animals who have been surrendered, abandoned, neglected, abused, or injured. Adoption days are mostly held in Mui Wo at China Bear and once a month in Quarry Bay, so be sure to follow them on social media for the latest updates.
TAILS, Lantau | (+852) 6464 2908
Photo credit: Villa Kunterbunt Lantau
Villa Kunterbunt—meaning “House of Variety” in German—rescues and re-homes dogs and puppies of all breeds and ages. You can meet your animal of interest at their adoption days, held at Discovery Bay Plaza every Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm, or WhatsApp Ivy on (+852) 6072 2140 for adoption enquiries. For more updates on their cute rescues, visit their Facebook page or Instagram.
Villa Kunterbunt Lantau, Discovery Bay | (+852) 6464 2908
Photo credit: Whiskers N Paws
You might know Whiskers N Paws as a one-stop-shop for all of your pet supply needs, but they are no strangers to adoption, housing rescue dogs and cats in-store. They also host HKDR’s Adoption Day every Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm. Now, to create a solution to the 2,000 small animals in need of adoption each year, Whiskers N Paws has launched a Small Animal Adoption Space in partnership with SPCA! You can now visit and adopt small animals (such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits) at the pet superstore, and pick up a few special treats and necessities for your new adoptee, too!
Whisker n Paws, 10/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau | (+852) 2552 6200