The greatest challenge faced by any Chinese rescuer is the frustrating lack of education from people who have animals as pets. So often we see instances of abandonment like this one that could quite easily have been rectified if they knew what to expect and do when getting a companion for themselves. Instead of reaching out for help and advice from us, often it is too late and we receive calls like the one received from a member of the public who called our founder Du Yufeng asking her to come and rescue a dog that had been abandoned and was living under a nearby bridge.
When Du arrived at the scene, the dog, a Chocolate Labrador had a skin condition where patches of his fur were missing but generally he wasn’t too. One of the topics that Du covers on our education events is responsible pet ownership. Our phone is always there for someone to pick up and call us to ask for help. We will always try and help the owner because after all, every animal deserves a home of their own and if the owner is willing to ask for help then it is better than the dog living in a shelter until it finds another home.
Du put a collar and leash on the Labrador and decided to call him Tie Qiao 铁桥(meaning metal bridge).
Once his skin condition had been treated, Tie Qiao was put up for adoption and we were delighted when someone came to give him a home. Unfortunately, at approx 2-3 years old, Tie Qiao is at the age where he wants to chew everything. His new owner brought him back to the shelter because he had chewed her shoes and sofa. This could have been another issue that his first owners had, leading them to dump him near the bridge. A young dog, especially a Labrador, needs lots of stimulation, toys and walks so he is back up for adoption, abandoned twice and still looking for his forever family.
Could that be you?