Rescued animals model for calendar

By Tung Han-ni and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

Fri, Oct 12, 2012 - Page 5

The Kaohsiung Concern for Stray Animals Association, in a bid to help more strays find new homes, is selling a calendar for 2013 featuring animals that have been rescued.

The association said next year’s calendar would be its first, and would showcase animals that the association and its volunteers had helped rescue.

Association chairperson Wang Hsiao-hua (王小華) said it was hard to choose models from the thousands of former strays that the association had helped, but after a lengthy process seven dogs, five cats and a horse were selected.

The horse, called Niu Niu (妞妞), had appeared in several newspaper stories and in other media because of the mistreatment it had received at the hands of its former owner. Bought five years ago by its original owner from Guanyin Mountain (觀音山), Niu Niu had been confined to a makeshift stall on the side of the road and fed rotten fruit, leading to its deteriorating health.

After being reported by passers-by many times, Niu Niu was finally forcibly taken from its owner and on March 20 this year relocated to a farm where the association and the farm’s personnel slowly nursed Niu Niu back to health.

Wang said that all the animals at the city’s shelter had been rescued from some form of mistreatment. Some had genetic defects due to mass breeding by dog farms, some were abandoned, but most of the animals that had been caught and put in the pound were destined to be euthanized.

Wang said that the association had helped to turn a few of these animals’ lives around.

A college student nicknamed “Hsiao Ya” (小雅) said the cats, dogs and horse in the calendar were simply adorable, and gave the animals in movies and TV advertisements a run for their money.

“I plan to get some of my classmates to buy calendars, just so I can do something to help the animals,” she said.