No one said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it.
Meet Arumi! Arumi was rescued along with litter mates when they were found in a rural island located at the west coast of Taiwan where only 4 residents live. This island is where they process all the trash from mainland Taiwan. No one knew how dogs ended up on the island since it is isolated and no one can access the island without a boat. They believe these dogs were probably native from the island since the 4 residents on the island don’t own dogs. Unfortunately this means these dogs survived from eating garbage or the leftovers dumped. These dogs have since been living in the landfill. The coast guards inspecting the area found that the numbers of stray dogs were growing and exceeding more then the people who lives on the island.
The rescuers went on the island to try and catch the mother dog for the TNR program (Trap Neuter Return) however the mother dog is very savvy and smart and continued to escape the rescuers. The rescuers could only take the puppies to get them fixed and vetted. Unfortunately the shelters are full and cannot accept any more dogs. The rescuer didn’t want to see these pups back on the island to live in the landfill again so they took them back to mainland Taiwan hoping to find them a home.
Sadly, these pups have never had proper socialization with human and never experienced what it means to be in a home. They don’t know what treats are, what toys are, and will only look quietly. Poor pups don’t even know how to interact with other dogs but are curious and the rescuers are hopeful. These puppies will require a very special and patient home willing to socialize and show them what it means to be in a home. Arumi is a shy and timid pup who would love to find a forever home. Arumi is patiently waiting!
"Hi Melody - Arumi, rechristened Oliver (Ollie), has been the best addition to my life. While initially very timid and scared of everything, he's opened up so much over the past month and been a real trooper about being exposed to new things - he's taken the MUNI underground and BART, several Uber and car rides, comes to my office with me a few days a week, and even flew with me to LA (to meet one set of grandpawrents) and will come to Chicago with me next month (to meet my side of the family, including my family's black lab Cleo who I think he will 😍).He has gained so much confidence in the past few weeks - he has started playing with toys and with us, he falls asleep on his back outside of his cage, explores our apartment with the sweetest curiosity, confidently struts to the dog park like he owns the place, and is extremely well-behaved (and calm!) with barely any input from me. And he most of all loves to play! He loves going to the dog park and being outside, and we can't wait to start exploring a little further afield once we're comfortable having him off leash. I anticipate he's going to love hiking and the beach!I am so happy Ollie is in my life - I didn't know it was possible to love something so much after just a month. Thank you so much for connecting him with me and his forever home. I'm eternally grateful!Best, Lily"
If you have extra time on your hand and would like to help please consider volunteering! Rescue groups need dedicated volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, home checks, transports, etc. All of these things help enable the rescue to expand their network and help more dogs in need.