April 30, 2009
With his influence, a press conference was called this morning featuring Debbie and her dad, and Jenny Hsieh, a local friend of Rita and MJ who has participated in both arrivals of our Taiwan dogs. The conference was also attended by six Chinese media agencies, Fox 11 News, and GRCGLARescue!
Beauty and Leo were the stars of the show. Attending GRCGLARescue volunteers included Barbara Davis, Joan Jessop, Sandy Diamond, Denise Buczek, Kriss Harrigian, and Mike and Julie Vallante. Coverage is expected to run on local Chinese language TV stations, as well as in the press in Taiwan.
The press conference will air tonight at the following TV outlets: ETTV (Eastern Television) at 7PM and Fox News at 10PM. Please check local listings to find the correct channel in your area.
April 27, 2009
Last month, Animal Rescue Team Taiwan rescued this lovely soul, they now call Champion. Champion’s story, told by Maggie Chen of ART, is posted below. If all goes well, he’ll be joining us here in the US next month.
ART rescued a golden retriver in a village on 3/6/09. We named him Champion. According to the villager, Champion was pushed out from a van on the early cold morning in February. Since then the dog had been seen straying around seeking food although he didn't have much to eat. Champion is a very friendly dog. Whenever there were vehicles approaching, he would get close to them with passion and expectations. It is obvious that he was expecting his owner. Day by day, he was losing weight and becoming listless until he was unfortunately hit by a hit-and-run driver in late Feb. A speeding van hit the dog without even stopping to take a look at what was happening to the dog. One of the vendors nearby dragged Champion to the sidewalk. All he could do was give the dog water and leftover. Poor Champion had been left alone there for a week before later before he was reported to ART by a passerby, who called ART for help.
We rushed the dog to the vet's on 3/6. The vet gave Champion an x-ray and judged that the dog's hipbone was fractured and there was a dislocation of the head in acetabulum. Champion was performed a surgery right away and it was very successful. Currently champion can walk in the park and he really likes it. Although he can't walk very fast, the vet said that time will cure and all the dog needs now is rehabilitation. Champion needs a place to walk around to help him go back to the normal state.
Here is a video made by ART's volunteer in which you can see how Champion walk.
Champion is three years old, 66 lbs, a male dog, neutered, all the tests are NEGATIVE. Can you help this dog?