Museum in S. Taiwan takes in stray dog with public's blessing

Facebook post asking whether to adopt dog shared more than 1,600 times in a single day

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(Tainan City Government photo)

(Tainan City Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the public's backing, a museum in southern Taiwan has decided to take in a stray dog as a member of its staff.

A mixed-breed dog was seen wandering around the Tainan Shan-Shang Garden and Old Waterworks Museum (山上花園水道博物館), and many visitors were complaining about its presence, CNA reported on Feb. 13. As a result, the museum thought it would be a good idea to consult with the public on how to handle the matter.

Occasionally, in the past, stray dogs would sneak into the museum through holes in the gates, but they would always leave when chased away, the report said. This particular yellow mixed-breed dog, however, kept coming back.

The mild-tempered canine got used to entering the museum grounds to be fed by some visitors. On the other hand, some complained that the dog was frightening to children. At a loss of what to do, the museum administrators decided it would be best to consult with people online.

The resulting Facebook post was shared in one day over 1,600 times, receiving more than 10,000 comments. All were in favor of the museum taking in the dog, according to the report.

Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau Director-General Yeh Tse-shan (葉澤山) said that some Facebook users even expressed their willingness to donate goods and materials so that the dog could settle down there.

Following the outpouring of goodwill, Tainan Mayor Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) also expressed his support. The newly adopted dog is first being kept in an off-limits area as a guard dog, but it may later be allowed to interact with visitors, according to the report.