Updated: Jun 28
If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, your first stop should be one of the numerous shelters across Hong Kong! There are many, many, MANY reasons you should adopt and not shop, but guest blogger, Kopal of @adoptdontshop shall just reiterate a few of those reasons below.
First and foremost, you’re saving a life. A animal adopted from shelter or rescue is getting a second chance at a good life. You might not know where they are coming from or what their story is, but the day you get them home, you will be giving them a new one.
Also, you will stop the terrible racket that is the breeding industry. While not all breeders are awful, it is a profit-making practice, and many dogs are used just to create puppies that can be sold for exorbitant prices. This is especially bad for breeds such as French bulldogs or pugs which have been bred for their looks and have terrible health conditions including breathing difficulties, hip and spine issues and other allergies. Similar things can be said for cats. Just read the news about the huskies or imported cats and dogs in cages.
It is also great on your pocket! While there are minimal costs for adoption, it is nothing compared to the cost of buying a dog or cat. In Hong Kong, a pet can cost tens of thousands of dollars, versus adoption which costs between 2 and 5 thousand dollars. You can use all the money you save to buy goodies for your new pet!
To make your adoption journey easier, here is a complete list of all the adoption agencies, shelters and rescues in Hong Kong from where you can adopt your new pet.
Catherine's Puppies, founded by Catherine Lumsden in 2015, opens daily between 11am-4pm.
They host regular adoption days at various locations across Sai Kung, including Centro and Pet Central. Address: Ho Chung, Sai Kung
Contact: Whattsap 6799 7530 for enquiries or email email@example.com
Guard For Stray Welfare Association
HK Homeless Dogs
Founder, Angela Chan, will do whatever it takes to help the dogs at her shelter, and even resorted to selling her village houses, jewellery, and borrowing from banks to keep the shelter afloat when donations stopped amidst the pandemic
Home for Homeless Dog
The shelter, located in a Tai Po village, is a relatively new shelter, having only established in 2019 and rescues injured, stray and newborn dogs.
Address: Tai Po
Contact: general inquiries 94033036 (WhatsApp Only) or for emergencies, contact 91955900 Website: www.hfhd.org
Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR)
HKDR was founded in 2003 by Sally Andersen with a missions to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned and unwanted dogs. You can follow Sally's blog here of their latest results, or attend one of their regular adoption days at Whiskers and Paws, every Sunday between 2-4pm. To foster or adopt, fill out their fostering questionnaire or adoption questionnaire . Address:
Kennedy Town: Shop 4, G/F, Brilliant Court, Sai Hong Lane, No.28 Praya,
Tai Po: 6 Shek Lin Road
Contact: general inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong Paws
Hong Kong Saving Cats and Dogs Association (HKSCDA)
HKSCDA was formerly known as "Linda Cats and Dog House" and was established in 2007. They rescue stray cats and dogs and operate under the slogan "give animals a second chance".
Address: Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long
House of Joy and Mercy
Kelly Animal Shelter
KAS was established by Kelly Tse in in 2003 when she began feeding and rescuing abandoned dogs and rabbits. They operate under the slogan "Saving A Life Will Change Yours" out of their Lau Fau Shan base. To foster or adopt, please fill out their fostering questionnaire or adoption form Address: 流浮山深灣路尖鼻咀 Deep Bay Rd Lau Fau Sha, Hong Kong
Contact: 9775 5530 or email@example.com
Kirsten's Zoo was established by Kirsten Mitchell in 2008. They host regular adoption days at Peak Cafe Bar on Shelley Street, every second and last Sunday of each month. To keep up to date with their news, sign up to their newsletter Contact: 5595 1933 Website: kirstenszoo.com
Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP)
LAP was established by Sheila McClelland and is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. They operate our of their two shelters - one based in Tsuen Wan for their dogs, and another in Sai Ying Pun for their cats.
To foster, please fill out their Fostering questionnaire. Address:
Dog adoption: Allway Gardens Block E, 187 Tsuen King Circuit, Tsuen Wan,
Cat adoption: 11 First Street, Sai Ying Pun.
Love Adopt Animal Society