In Taiwan, it is safe to say there is a problem with stray dogs. So much so, one facility is quite the environment: it is home to over 3,000 dog who live together. The facility, which is called Mrs. Hsu’s Sanctuary, is owned by a family that loves dogs so much that they decided to open the shelter five years ago. In this particular area, there are so many stray dogs that they actually outnumber people. So, the Hsu family jumped into action, taking in the stray dogs one by one. When their numbers grew, someone donated a large facility to the family to make a difference so they could take in more dogs. Now, their facility is home to over 3,000 dogs who are now looking to be adopted into a new home.
The facility not only houses thousands of dog, but many volunteers who help care for the animals as well. Many people who live in the area realized there is an overabundance of homeless dogs and wanted to do whatever they could to help. The facility is now considered the largest of its kind in Taiwan and they made a big step recently as a country: they have banned the euthanization of stray dogs. In the past, euthanization has been used to control the stray population. These days, the country is focused on spay and neuter programs to help control the population and make residents aware of the impact breeding has on the number of dogs on the streets.
While many of the dogs come from the streets, still others are accidently caught in traps set by farmers meant to deter wild animals away from crops. This means many dogs are injured or have paralysis, and a volunteer helps the shelter by building free wheelchairs for them. While many of the dogs spend years in the facility while waiting for their forever homes, they have a safe place to live and are no longer wandering the streets of Taiwan.