Government Animal Shelter
Taipei, Taiwan ( Facebook Link )
A first visit to a government animal shelter in Taipei! It was a different experience compared to the non-profit shelters. This shelter was a small one compared to other government run shelters because there is only one vet on hand and if an animal is really ill, they are sent to a bigger shelter with a hospital. That being said, there were about 150 dogs and 25 cats at this location.
There were rows of cages with one, two, three, or more dogs in each. In each cage, there was a food bowl, water bowl and an elevated structure. The dogs in the far left row had a history of aggression or behavioral problems and were not chosen to be walked that day.
Volunteer days are on Saturdays and people RSVP on facebook. There is an orientation that lasted about 20 minutes. Then, each person is given a dog to walk. Some dogs can also be bathed and the nails can be clipped. Each time someone walked a dog, they must record the experience and observations about the dog’s interaction and behavior.