Hi all, a great woman with a great story to share with all the dog lover!
Below is an article published in the China Press on 14 January 2010 and that was emailed to us. As I do not read Mandarin, I apologize if the layout of the article is distorted. I did manage to get some help in translating the article in English and hopefully she does get some help in any form.
更新: January 14, 2010 18:05
The English Version
Title : Dog lover keeps 200 stray dogs;
Choose dogs instead of hubby
(Johor Bharu 14 Jan) A Singaporean woman had spent all her life savings and had divorced her husband in order to keep all the stray dogs she rescued. With the Chinese New Year around the corner, dog owners have a tendency to dump their pet dogs due to the high cost associated with the New Year. Due to her reputation, these new strays will find their way to her. It is also during this period that our Singaporean friend will have to scrap all her savings to upkeep these new strays. The numbers of dogs keep accumulating and to date she has more than 200 dogs to feed.
This Singaporean Chinese lady, Mdm Chan Yoke Ching confessed that she had planned to rent a house in Johor Bharu to keep stray dogs 10 years ago. However, her husband whom she was married to for 3 years was strongly against it and as a result arguments frequently occurred.
Finally her husband gave her the ultimatum to choose either him or the dogs. After a long serious thought for about half a year, she decided to give up her husband and chose to be with the dogs.
"If he loves me, he should be able to accept my bad and good points. To me, saving a life is more important than the relationship." said Mdm Chan.,
She strongly believes that her husband has the ability to care for himself but dogs may not be able to fend for themselves. They may die due to hunger or be knocked down by cars. She has no regrets in making the decision to divorce her husband.
Over the past 10 years, the number of dogs which she has rescued had increased from 10 to 200. Her dog shed is located in an empty land near a factory in Johor Bharu. Mdm Chan goes to the dog shed everyday to look after them after work from Singapore. For the past 2 months, and with the Chinese New Year around the corners, many pet owners have dumped more than 20 dogs outside the empty land.
Mdm Chan chose to rent a shop in Johor Bharu 10 years ago because the rental is much cheaper compared to Singapore. However the dog shed located in the empty land near the factory cannot house 200 dogs anymore.
Hence, she is trying to relocate the dogs to a new piece of land in Skudai near UTM, the new sanctuary would be able to house more than 400 dogs.
Over the past years, Mdm Chan relied on her RM3,000 salary to care for the stray dogs. Now with the number increasing and the coming relocation of the dogs to the new sanctuary, she has utilized all her savings. She is seriously short of money to upkeep all her strays.
Mdm Chan sold her Siingapore flat in order to maintain the expenses of the dog shed. She only has 3-4 hours sleep every night. Her salary after conversion to RM is only about RM3,000 and the expenses in the dog shed cost her RM7,000. There is a serious shortage every month.
The flat she sold 5 years ago which was worth RM500,000 was mostly been spend for this purpose and there is not much left now. 200 dogs consume more than 30 kg of rice or 50 kg of dog kibbles per day. In order to save cost, she prefers to wake up early to prepare the food. She wakes up at 3am daily for the preparation of the dog food and then cleaning the shed, by 6.30am, she will take the bus to Singapore to work. She will be back at the dog shed at around 6.30pm to check on all the dogs well being, etc, and by the time she reaches home, it will be 12am in the morning. Mdm Chan also engaged a worker to care for the dogs. She will help her to cook rice at around 2pm. During weekends, Mdm Chan will spend time to bath and play with the dogs.
When the reporter visited the dog shed, they saw 2 buddy dogs guarding at the main gate. According to Mdm Chan, they are the best of friends and will guard at the gate every day. One dog is white and the other yellow. Both were abandoned at the dog shed when they were puppies. Due to the large number of dogs there, Mdm Chan is unable to name them all because she could not think of any other names to give them. Amongst the dogs, there are Pekingese and Golden Retrievers. All the dogs get the same treatment and attention.
Mdm Chan will be taking 2 months unpaid leave to relocate the dogs to their new sanctuary. It is not an easy task due to the large amount of work.
Please contact Mdm Chan if you are able to help her at , 014-3152833, 017-7029832.
Mdm Chan’s hope is for all the dogs to be reincarnate and become human in their next life.
Mdm Chan could not bear to see how the stray dogs are been treated by the dog catchers, which was why she had the idea to rescue them 10 years ago. Mdm Chan will bury the dead dogs at the nearby hill and will engage a priest to do prayers for them during the 15th day of every Chinese New Year.
Mdm Chan is so concerned about her dogs that she will spend hours looking for her lost dogs if they lose their way home.
Mdm Chan will play Chinese New Year songs for her dogs and make them some bread to share the joy of New Year festival. According to Mdm Chan, it is good to mingle with dogs as their love for their masters are so genuine and pure unlike our fellow human who are often than not are manipulative, and insincere. She always feels very relax among her dogs and will play with them after work. It is a good therapy for her after a long and stressful day at work.
Mdm Chan admits that sometimes the dogs will fight for her attention and also due to jealousy among her dogs, she sometimes gets bitten when she try to pacify them. But ultimately the dogs will feel sorry and comes to Mdm Chan and licks her to show their affection and in a way to apologies to her. Mdm Chan understands her dogs and will love them unconditionallyIf you
If you are staying down south and wish to help Mdm Chan, please contact her at 017-7029832 or 014-3152833.
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