By Taoyuan Center, Formosa (Originally in Chinese)
Every year, countless stray animals are hungry and cold because they have been abandoned on the streets. Following Master’s loving instruction to care for stray animals and give them love, in November 2015, our Association members from Taoyuan Center formed an “Animal Protection Group” to provide various services to animals, and to help awaken people’s consciousness to respect the right to life for all beings.
Through the funds contributed by our Taoyuan Association members, we are able to provide vegan animal food, medical care, emergency care, and other services every month to help prevent our animal friends from being hungry or sick.
On January 4, 2016, our “Animal Protection Group” visited two shelters for stray animals. We first visited the shelter at Mt. Hutou in Taoyuan, where Mr. Qiu has adopted more than a 100 stray dogs and over a dozen stray cats. He relies on himself and donations from kind-hearted people to care for the animals and provide medical care for them. Next, we visited Mama Xiao of the Stray Dogs and Cats Shelter Association. Not only does Mama Xiao feed the stray cats, she also spays and neuters them and finds loving homes for them. Many people have come to adopt the cats. At the time we were there, there were more than 20 cats at her shelter. Mama Xiao was very thankful for the vegan animal food we provide each month. She was grateful for our consistent support of her work, and the love from Master and our Association. In total for the two shelters, we donated two 20-kilogram bags of vegan dog food, four 7.5-kilogram bags of vegan cat food, and TWD 3,000 for medical services.
In June 2016, we learned from the internet of four abandoned dogs from Longtan who were now at Xinwu Stray Animal Shelter. Because they are old, sick and had not been adopted, the day of euthanasia was approaching. So we decided to make every effort to rescue the four dogs and let them live well in their old age.
We quickly contacted another shelter at Mt. Hutou in Taoyuan. Mr. Jiao’s shelter has about 150 stray dogs and a few cats. After Mr. Jiao agreed to accept the animals, we immediately contacted Xinwu Stray Animal Shelter on June 13, to rescue the four dogs who would have been euthanized two days later. Our deep gratitude for Master’s blessing. The rescue process went smoothly. On June 25, we took the four adopted dogs from Xinwu Stray Animal Shelter to Mr. Jiao’s shelter. We presented a thank-you letter to Mr. Jiao for his love and contribution for stray animals. We also provided TWD 3,000 for medical services.
On June 25 in the afternoon, we visited another stray animal shelter managed by Mr. Qiu at Mt. Hutou in Taoyuan. We also presented a thank-you letter to him for his loving, unconditional service for the dogs and cats in his care. In addition, we contributed two 20-kilograms bags of vegan dog food.
On September 16, 2016, during the holidays of the Mid-Autumn Festival, our group visited the dogs again at Mr. Qiu’s shelter at Mt. Hutou. Along with a gift of two boxes of grapefruit, we gave Mr. Qiu TWD 4,000 for the dogs’ medical needs. We also provided vegan food for the dogs and cats at the shelter.
Our heartfelt gratitude to Master for the opportunity to serve our animal friends and helping us learn the lesson of love.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Supporting Stray Animal Shelters in Taoyuan, Formosa
|Vegan dog and cat food||96,757||A|
|Medical service and adoption registration fee||13,700||B|
Visiting Stray Animal Shelters, January 2016
Helping Animal Shelters, June 2016
Visiting Mr. Qiu’s Stray Animal Shelter in Mt. Hutou, September 2016