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Taiwanese stray dogs given sweet home in U.S.

Taiwanese stray dogs given sweet home in U.S.

Los Angeles, Nov. 4 (CNA) Momo used to be a mangy stray that roamed the streets of Taiwan's towns. The golden retriever, healthy and sound, now has a smooth and shiny coat of fur and is preparing to begin a new life in the United States. Momo and three other former street dogs in Taiwan flew to Los Angeles Oct. 31, where they were picked up by volunteers from the Golden Retriever Club of Golden Los Angeles Rescue (GRCGLAR), a non-profit organization devoted to rescuing stray golden retrievers and finding them new loving owners. Taiwanese street dogs are popular in Los Angeles, the club's chairperson Sandy Diamond told CNA, adding that she herself adopted a stray from Taiwan. According to Diamond, dogs from Taiwan have a reputation for having good personalities. "Gary is fantastic,"said Paul Schettles, a volunteer at GRCGLAR who lives in Palos Verdes. Schettles adopted Gary from Taiwan more than three months ago. He had no plan to adopt Gary at first, intending to keep the dog for one night only while GRCGLAR searched for a foster family. However, Gary won his heart right away, Schettles recalled. Thanks to Project Taiwan, initiated by GRCGLAR in late 2008 along with two dog lovers from Taiwan, Rita and M.J., many Taiwanese street dogs have found their home sweet home in the U.S. It all started, Diamond said, when they were alerted to the problems facing unwanted golden retrievers in Taiwan by an e-mail from Rita. She described the island as being very densely populated, which meant rescued large breeds could not find new owners easily. According to Rita, unwanted dogs either ended up at the "asylum" (Taiwanese terminology for a shelter), where they were routinely euthanized after seven days, or they got turned out on to the street. Since Project Taiwan began, the club has helped 86 abandoned Taiwanese dogs find new owners in the U.S., and the number is still increasing, Diamond said. It's a great achievement and pleasure to see Taiwanese street dogs reborn in the U.S., she said. (By Oscar Wu and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-01-19 18:50 GMT+08:00