On 11th October, ACT received a report of a snare-injured dog in the mountain area behind our sanctuaries and immediately dispatched a rescue vehicle to find and rescue the injured stray. That report turned out to be a false alarm based on miscommunication, but we’re glad we went, because, while searching for the snare-maimed dog, we spotted this sweet old girl limping around nearby.
We tried to slip a leash over her head, as we felt that using a net might hurt and scare the friendly but wary stray unnecessarily. After several attempts, we decided to go look for the dog we were originally looking for and instead ask another member of the rescue team to come with a humane trap to catch this lady, as she was clearly in pain and wanting help.
Our rescuer Ross was more successful: the sweet old girl approached him as soon as he stepped out of the rescue vehicle, and was less wary this time around. When Ross showed her some stinky dog food, she indicated that she’d really like to have some. Ross simply placed it deep inside a crate, the stray hobbled in to take the food, and Ross simply closed the door behind her.
We decided to name her Bella.
Bella has been at the vet for several days and underwent surgery to fix her broken leg. Thankfully, unlike most stray dogs in Taiwan, Bella tested negative for heartworm, which means she is healthier than most and the vet bill will be much, much lower, since heartworm treatment is costly.
The total bill for Bella’s surgery, treatment, and stay at the 24-hour vet is £1,710 (NT$65,700 / US$2,360 / AU$3,154 / €2,027). WE MUST PAY THIS By MONDAY, 25th OCTOBER!
Please consider contributing to Bella’s emergency veterinary bill. Your kind donation will go directly to the vet to pay off the lovable stray’s much-needed and worthwhile surgery and treatment. If we surpass our fundraising goal, all extra donations will go towards Bella’s care at one of ACT’s dog sanctuaries in northern Taiwan.
Yes! Poor Bella deserves the emergency treatment and surgery she needed, and I want to contribute towards her vet bill.
Your donation is important, as it not only helps Bella but also means ACT can keep helping animals in need.
Animal Care Trust (ACT) is a registered UK charity transforming the lives of suffering animals in northern Taiwan.
ACT rescues and cares for cats who are badly injured, have FIV, or just need a quiet, safe place because they’re about to give birth. Unbelievably, of our five resident cats who were saved from euthanasia because they were paralyzed, four are running and playing again! And, although he didn’t make such an incredible recovery, the one who never regained full mobility still zooms happily around our cat house using just his front legs.
We also rescue wild animals in need of emergency treatment, and we always aim to release them as soon as they have recovered. Because not every animal is suitable for release or rehoming, ACT provides lifelong sanctuary to any that need it. We work hard to place cat and dogs in caring homes but, because situations can sometimes change, we always take an animal back if needed—even many years after adoption.
The bulk of ACT’s work is unique in the world of animal welfare. That’s because most of our time is spent rescuing dogs and other animals who have fallen victim to the thousands of poachers’ leg-hold traps and wire snares that plague the otherwise beautiful Taiwan countryside. Most will lose a limb to these cruel, indiscriminate devices, and, tragically, some may lose two paws or even three. Regardless, ACT still provides them all a happy, comfortable life, despite their disabilities, as we believe that’s the least they deserve.
Because animal suffering isn’t confined to a schedule, ACT provides a 24-hour rescue service 365 days of the year. This often involves going into snake- and snare-infested jungle in the middle of the night to save a maimed dog. Although these animals are experiencing great pain and fear, our rescuers are trained in calming and gently handling even those patients who try to bite the hand that saves them. Importantly, ACT works with government animal protection and law enforcement to bring poachers to justice. Because of this, two poachers have already been put out of action so far this year. Evidence to secure their prosecution was captured thanks to the high-tech recording devices that ACT was able to purchase with your donations.
We do all of this vital work for the animals every single day even though we receive no government financial assistance. It’s only because of kind donors like you that ACT can make the world a better place for those animals fortunate enough to pass through our care. If you’re looking for animal charities to donate to, please consider giving to ACT so that our life-saving work can continue.
We look forward to having you on the team!
Tiny’s recovery was so incredible that we entered him into the RSPCA’s brand-new ‘dog show’, Ruffs. It’s an online dog show where winners are chosen not on breed standards but on their welfare, happiness, character, or story. Tiny won the Best Transformation category by a landslide!
But that’s not all, because he was then entered into ‘Best In Show’ and he won! Tiny was the Ruff’s inaugural champion! Thanks to his incredible story, our happy Rottie went viral and was the talk of newspapers and websites all over the world. Tiny went from being a sickly dog on death row to a globally celebrated winner, and it was all thanks to kind people like you.Drag the slider in Tiny’s photo to see his amazing transformation—and why ACT is such a great animal charity to donate to.