Hi. We are planning to relocate to Shanghai and the company I work for will look after everything including relocating our dogs. I have a big Springer Spaniel and a Jack Russell and both of them are used to long gallops through forests and along rivers. In short - they're not really collar and lead dogs. What is the dog owning culture like in Shanghai and will I be able to fing space to let them run free? Any thoughts or suggestions welcome! Thanks
Name: TigerAge: 1 year oldGender: MaleHealth: Treated for fleas and worms, vaccinated and neutered. His Story: Tiger used to live in a small store on the street. His former owner tied him and didn’t give him enough food in order to force him to catch rats. Then, the store was closed and the owner abandoned Tiger in there. Fortunately, the rescuer found him and saved him. Although Tiger has been abused and neglected in the past, he still trust people and is quite affectionate. Tiger is also a playful boy and has a little temper sometimes. For what we have observed, it seems that Tiger does not like other cats. Consequently, a family that only wants to adopt one cat would be the best choice for Tiger’s happiness. If you want to adopt a cute, handsome and playful cat, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org http://shanghai.angloinfo.com/classifieds/viewclassified/349109/ppar-adoptable-cat-of-january-2014-mr.-tiger-non-profit
Emergency guideline for a lost pet (1) Do not waste any time, call PPAR and other animal rescue groups to let us know about the situation of your lost pet, and begin your search as soon as you notice that your companion animal is missing. (2) Try to find the local police contact for your residential area. It is always possible that the police may have been picked up your animal and placed it in the local government facility. Often, you only have 48 hours to retrieve the pet (and they do not always inform owners that the pet has been taken before it is euthanized). If the local security in your building/compound speak only Chinese, find someone bi-lingual to assist you. (3) Ask everybody: neighbors, children, mail carriers, passersby. Show them a photo of your pet. Even if they have not seen him, they may be willing to keep their eyes open. If you are in an area with more local Chinese residents, see if you can enlist assistance from a bi-lingual neighbor or have someone translate to the management and security of your building/complex, neighbors, etc. that your pet is missing. (4) Put a “lost pet” ad in the local expatriate newspapers and websites. The ad should be titled “Lost Cat” or “Lost Dog” and should include your phone number, the date that the animal was lost, where the pet was last seen, and a brief description containing the animal’s name, breed, color, gender, age, and whether the pet was wearing a collar. Please note that, if you are offering a reward, you might want to leave out the information on the pet’s gender, in order to avoid scam artists. It is not a good idea to place a listing in a local newspaper as it might attract ruthless/desperate people. (5) Create a bi-lingual flyer with the pet’s photo, a brief description and your phone number. Distribute the flyers and post them on telephone poles in the area where you lost the pet. However, be very careful where you place such notices (and do not include your address, just your contact phone number) as there are ruthless local people, who may show up at your doorstep with an animal they have “decided” is yours and will not leave without a reward (or worse, if you say it is not your pet, they may just throw the animal on the ground and walk away … thereby taking an already abandoned animal to a new territory where it might not be able to fend for itself). In other cases, if they do find your animal and expect a reward, it is possible they will use whatever means necessary to catch your pet, some of them quite cruel. If you are located in an expatriate residential complex, putting up flyers is no problem, but if you are living in a more local residential area, you should use flyers only as a last resort. (6) Contact veterinary hospitals/pet stores and send them a photo of your pet. Ask each of them if any animal fitting your pet’s description has been brought in. Let them help you to ask their customers if they have any information on your lost pet. (7) Look around your neighborhood carefully (or wherever your pet was lost). Cats can wander into a neighbor’s basement or garage, fall asleep and accidentally get shut in. (8) Late at night or very early in the morning, when the area is quiet, go to the place where your pet was lost. Bring his favorite food and a flashlight. Call his name and wait to see if he shows up. Try this repeatedly. (9) If your pet is an indoor cat who does not usually get out, place the litter box outside, where your cat may smell his own scent and recognize his home. (Do not clean it out!) (10) Don’t give up! Persistence is often the key to finding a lost pet. Some animals have been found after months of being missing.
How to tell if that rescue animal is "The One for You"? The hardest part about adopting a new rescue cat/dog is knowing whether they are “the one for you”.If you have ever been to an animal shelter, then you will know that when all eyes are on you, knowing who to take home is quite the conundrum.If your head is spinning over who is the right rescued pet for you, then check out the following tips to help you decide: 1. Know Yourself – First things first, what exactly are you looking for in a pet? Do you want someone who will hang out on the couch with you and watch the latest TV, or do you want someone who will tag along on your daily jog? Other important aspects to consider is how much time you can devote to them, whether you have the space to accommodate someone of their size and if your budget can support all their needs. PPAR has adoption documents that will help make sure you have all bases covered. 2. “Interview” Potential Candidates – Take your time to learn all you can about any potential candidates. Ask plenty of questions about their history, personality and individual needs. A good shelter will take the time to help guide you in your search and find you a suitable match. Do not be offended by the screening questions, and the scrutiny on your intentions and/or experience. After all, rescuers and volunteers deeply care about their rescues and want to ensure they find safe, loving, forever homes where everyone will be happy. 3. One on One Time – Once you’ve identified your favorite pet, take them out of their crate and spend some quality one on one time with them. Getting up close and personal with your selected rescue animal is a luxury that not all shelters can offer, but if you do have the chance, then be sure to take full advantage of it. Pet them, feed them and indulge in a little play time and see how you get along together. 4. Love at First Sight - We all know what it feels like when we meet someone for the first time and we just connect. Well, it is the same with animals. Sometimes all it takes to find your “purrfect” match is looking directly into their eyes and falling head over heals in love. With that being said, sometimes you need to put your heart on hold and use your head, which is why the next tip is absolutely essential. 5. Sleep on It – Whatever you do, never adopt an animal impulsively because you may regret it. Your new rescue cat or dog is going to be a lifelong commitment and you need to ensure you can provide the loving and nurturing home that they deserve. Even if you have followed all the above tips and you feel 100% sure that you have found “the one”, go home and sleep on it. Detracting yourself from the environment can make a huge difference to your thought process, allowing you to clearly consider everything involved. Do not worry, your furry friend will still be there in the morning.
On the internet you can find several rescue guidelines from different animal rescue volunteers around the world but, unfortunately, there is no single standard for these guidelines. Hereafter, this article explores the issue based on the experience of several rescuers and foster parents that have faced this situation while living in China. The first thing that you must keep in mind when you find one or several kittens/puppies abandoned is: “Do not panic!” Indeed, you need to face the situation without getting stressed. If the kitten or puppy desperately needs help, the worst thing that you can do is to get nervous. You need to be objective and evaluate the situation according to the following points: 1. Does the animal look sick and/or suffering from starvation and/or sickness? Check if the animal is ok or not, and pay attention to the surroundings (if the animal is healthy and well fed maybe he belongs to somebody living nearby). If the animal belongs to somebody (even though it has no collar) you do not need to intervene. However, if the animal looks sick and/or under starvation, please take him/her to the nearest veterinary hospital so he/she can get the right medical treatment immediately (you can call the Shanghai Call Center phone number – 962288 – and ask in English, Chinese or other languages for the closest veterinary hospital to your current location). 2. If the animal is clearly a stray (regardless of the fact that he/she might look ok) you have to take him/her to the Vet as soon as possible for a general check up (hopefully within 24 hours since you found it). Some stray animals might look fine, but they might have a health problem that needs immediate attention. The Vet must check the following: (1) Worms; (2) Teeth: for decay and damage; (3) Take temperature; (4) Check ears for mites and infections; (5) Check skin for fleas, infestations or diseases; (6) Scan for a computer chip; (7) Trim nails if necessary; (8) Check body for any lumps; (9) Check eyes; (10) Check heart. 3. If the animal you found is very tiny and has his/her eyes closed, you must take it to the doctor immediately and follow the medical instructions given to you. In most cases you will be ask to bottle feed the animal. If you have problems with bottle feeding because of your job schedule or other personal duties that prevent you from doing so, please contact an animal rescue group immediately to get some assistance and/or guidance. Nevertheless, at this point it is important for you to bear in mind the overwhelming amount of animals that many animal rescue groups have, as well as the constrains in the resources available to help rescuers (please see point 5 for further information on this). 4. In most cases the Vet will tell you that you must keep the animal under observation at your home for 7 days (some hospitals refuse to take stray animals for observation in their medical facilities while some others do). In the case of cats, this is explained by the fact that diseases like Cat Flu and/or Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) have a 7 days incubation period, during which an infected cat can spread the disease to other cats. Hereafter, if you take a stray animal to your home, keep this one separated from any animals you already have (also wash your hands before touching your own animals after having touched the new stray one). Observe the animal for a week and see if it adjusts well to its new home, whether it is eating and using the litter box, and if shows any signs of being sick (lethargy, vomit, diarrhea, etc). If everything goes well, the animal can be vaccinated when the doctor says so. If the animal shows any signs of being sick during the first 7 days under observation, you must take it to the Veterinary hospital immediately. The doctor will check the animal again and will tell you how to proceed. 5. Most animal rescue groups in Shanghai do not have a shelter, so they depend on the help of rescuers and foster parents to take care of kittens, cats, puppies and dogs until they are adopted. Hereafter, you must keep in mind that, once you rescue an animal you must be a “temporary” foster parent for that animal until he/she can be placed with a foster parent from any of the animal rescue groups with presence in Shanghai. Are you willing to adjust your lifestyle accordingly for a short or long period of time? Again at this point it is important to stress that you should not panic! To rescue and to give a second chance to an animal in need is a wonderful thing, but you need to be aware that, in order to do it right, you must help the animal by yourself for a few days or longer… You cannot rescue an animal and “dump” him/her immediately to one animal rescue group. These organizations have many animals under their care and have very limited resources (since they depend on donations), so you must help the animal while these organizations coordinate their efforts to help you and your rescued animal. Consequently, rescuers must be responsible for the animal they choose to pick up and rescue. 6. Under most animal rescue groups’s regulation, all rescued animals must be dewormed, deflead, have “at least” their first vaccination and have a social temperament (and good character) in order to be available for adoption.Indeed, this regulation is pretty much the same across all animal rescue groups. Hereafter, you must bear in mind that the best gift that you can give to your rescued animal is its health (treatments and vaccinations) before being adopted. Some animal rescue groups will try to help you with medical costs if they have resources available. At the same time, they will look for foster parents and/or adoptive parents using very strict guidelines, making sure that your rescued animal will be safe and happy in his new life. 7. Even though your rescued animal cannot speak, in his/her heart he/she will appreciate every single thing that you can do for him/her.
Best Friends China and Paw Pals Animal Rescue are non-profit organisation dedicated to saving stray cats and dogs. Currently, their animal shelter has some cats and dogs who need a new home and some friends. They have been de-wormed and treated well - medical records available for reference. Why spend money buying a pet, where you can adopt and give a new happy life to a homeless pet. Visit their website to know more http://www.bestfriendschina.org/en/
Hi, I am moving soon to Shanghai and I want to bring my dog, a Golden retriever. I know there is a quarantaine if arriving in Shanghai and I am worried about it. I have been told there is no quarantaine if we land in Guanghzou but then domestic airlines are scary. Then I plan to land there and have a road trip to Shanghai. Does anyone have any experience about it or about Shanghai quarantaine ? Thank you in advance for your advice.
I'm moving and I have a tank full of fish (neon tetra, catfish and angelfish) that I can't take with me. Can I bring them to some kind of shelter or aquarium? I don't want to just dump them. Or does anyone want them? Comes with a tank, air pump and some food. I've raised them for about a year now, so hope they can go somewhere nice, I just don't know where.