Kiss the Dog

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan)  “Ben Ben” receives a kiss from his foster parent Chung Wen-ning. Animal rescuers in Taiwan are calling out to anyone who would like to volunteer as a dog escort so that the rescued Taichung mutt can fly to New York to meet his new owner.

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan) “Ben Ben” receives a kiss from his foster parent Chung Wen-ning. Animal rescuers in Taiwan are calling out to anyone who would like to volunteer as a dog escort so that the rescued Taichung mutt can fly to New York to meet his new owner.

One particular dog is receiving special attention internationally and his name is Ben Ben.

This Taichung mutt, needs to fly to New York to meet his new owne, but has no escort!  Taiwan is calling out in a nation-wide attention to ask anyone, flying to New York, to be this lovely dog’s escort.

I Won’t Bite

Story, pulled from Chinapost:

Ben Ben yawns after a full day's play.

Ben Ben yawns after a full day's play.

Ben Ben was found at a veterinary hospital last October by animal lover Chung Wen-Ning, who decided to take him home after she saw the deplorable conditions in which he lived.

“He lived in a filthy cage for most of the day, and was used primarily as a blood donor at the animal hospital,” she explained.

Chung tried to find a new home for Ben Ben by taking him to over 20 adoption events in the past four months, but to no avail. She then resorted to posting Ben Ben’s story online (in traditional Chinese) through a local organization’s website.

Companionship

Ben Ben lays adoringly in Chung's arms, in play and enjoying a winter's day in the park.

Ben Ben lays adoringly in Chung's arms, in play and enjoying a winter's day in the park.

Ben Ben’s story reached a speech therapist in New York, who immediately offered to adopt him and even donated NT$13,000 to pay for Ben Ben’s airfare.

“But due to the off season, we haven’t been able to find anyone who is flying out to New York and can take Ben Ben along,” said Antony Ni, a volunteer of the team.

Ni stressed that there is no cost involved with volunteering to be an animal escort for the organization’s cross-ocean adoptions, which place local rescued dogs and cats in new homes in the United States. All the passenger needs to do is show up and hand the canine or feline over to a designated person upon arrival at the airport.

Another Story

Story, pulled from Chinapost:

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan)  Renee Chen, a volunteer of Animal Rescue Team Taiwan, takes care of Wong Wong outside his former home in Tucheng City, Taipei County. Chen and the animal protection group are in a race against time to find the ten-year-old black mutt a new home so that Wong Wong will not have to spend another winter out in the cold.

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan) Renee Chen, a volunteer of Animal Rescue Team Taiwan, takes care of Wong Wong outside his former home in Tucheng City, Taipei County. Chen and the animal protection group are in a race against time to find the ten-year-old black mutt a new home so that Wong Wong will not have to spend another winter out in the cold.

Wong Wong,” the dog that waited five years outside his deceased owner’s house, moved into his new home yesterday after a week-long search throughout the island.  Wong Wong’s new home is not far from his previous address in Taipei County’s Tucheng City.  He now lives with Jennifer Liu, a pet spa owner, in the northern county’s Chungho City.
Of Harsh Times

But while there are many who feel sympathy for Wong Wong and help him in whatever way they can, there are others who do exactly the opposite.

“Wong Wong has almost no teeth, which we suspect was the act of abuse,” noted Ni.

“Wong Wong’s cardboard home was also stolen several times in the past!” Chen denounced. “I can’t believe people would even want to steal a cardboard!”

To make sure no one abuses Wong Wong nor tries to steal his cardboard home again, Chen visits him and cares for him on a daily basis.

The black mutt has been living on the doorsteps outside his former home in Taipei County for the past five years, after his owner had passed, was thrown onto the streets. Wong Wong persisted and continued to wander before his old home as if waiting for his owner to come back.

“It was as if Wong Wong knew he was going to a new home,” said Renee Chen, a rescue team volunteer who had been taking care of the dog and drove him to his new home.

“His former owner can rest assured in heaven that Wong Wong is in good hands now.”

Finding A Way

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan)  Renee Chen, left, a volunteer of Animal Rescue Team Taiwan, and Jennifer Liu, a pet spa owner, play with Wong Wong yesterday in Taipei County. After five years of “waiting” for his deceased owner and wandering the streets outside his former home in Tucheng City, Wong Wong moved into his new home in Chungho City with Liu.

(Photo, courtesy of Animal Rescue Team, Taiwan) Renee Chen, left, a volunteer of Animal Rescue Team Taiwan, and Jennifer Liu, a pet spa owner, play with Wong Wong yesterday in Taipei County. After five years of “waiting” for his deceased owner and wandering the streets outside his former home in Tucheng City, Wong Wong moved into his new home in Chungho City with Liu.

A recent health check revealed that Wong Wong has kidney and liver complications, as wellas heart worm disease.  But for a ten-year-old dog, his condition is still considered “quite good,” noted Huang Ping-Han, the veterinarian who checked Wong Wong.  Liu vowed to make sure Wong Wong recovered his health.

“After Wong Wong’s story was published by local media last week, we received over 300,000 hits on our Web site within the first 48 hours!” said Antony Ni, another rescue team volunteer.

“We also received countless phone calls from people wanting to donate food and shelter, as well as people wishing to adopt Wong Wong.”

In fact, Liu was chosen by the rescue team from a pool of over 10 people who expressed interest in adopting the dog.

“We sent out volunteers to conduct evaluations and home checks on the would-be owners, and decided in the end that Ms. Liu was the best choice for Wong Wong,” explained Ni.

“We received requests from locals as well as foreigners who live in different parts of Taiwan,” he added.

“We were even contacted by a foreign lady who resides in southern Shanhua Township in Tainan County.” The lady was Sylvia Green, a German native who has lived in Taiwan for the past 27 years.

“Wong Wong’s story touched my heart,” she said.

“The stray dog problem in Taiwan is a big problem,” lamented Green, who herself takes care of some 10 stray dogs.

“Dogs are very faithful and very loyal, sometimes even more than humans,” she pointed out. “I feel they deserve better.”

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~ by Lan on 2008 SatUTC2009-02-07T11:46:48+00:00. 15.

One Response to “Kiss the Dog”

  1. Very heart touching stories. It’s hard to see how anyone could harm such an innocent being. In spite of this, they are still loyal to us.

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