Welcome to BARK! We are a group of people who work together to make a difference in the lives of animals in southern Taiwan. Essentially, we are a CNR (Catch Neuter Return) organization. We catch stray dogs and we trap feral cats (TNR). We have them neutered and vaccinated and then we return them to the area where they were captured.
Most of the animals we rescue are very sick, injured or abused. We capture them, we provide medical attention for them, and we do our best to show them that their cries for help are not in vain through rehabilitation and by giving them the proper care they deserve. Once they are back to health, we either return the animals as a part of our CNR operation or we find them a home.
We are a charity organization and although we wish we could, we are not able to rescue every animal in need. We are not a shelter. The entire operation is run out of our house and with the help of foster homes. We target specific areas around the city where a number of dogs have formed packs and we try to neuter most of the dogs beginning with the females. This essentially stabilizes the animal population in targeted areas and over time, the population actually decreases. And by decreasing the amount of animals that suffer on the street, we effectively reduce the amount of animal suffering at the source of the problem.
BARK is essentially a CNR group, and since we do not have a shelter, we DO NOT accept responsibility for unwanted pets, and we DO NOT rescue animals that are not in a serious state of emergency. We would like to rescue more needy animals, but the adoption rate for mixed breed street animals is extremely low and all our resources would end up tied to “hoarding” a bunch or animals. We still rescue many animals in a state of emergency. The animals are cared for in our home and this selection process is entirely based on our own sensibilities, experience and carefully calculated resources and limitations.
Chris & Natasha
*UPDATE as of May 2012:
Although BARK has officially closed and we are no longer taking in new rescues, we will be continue to hold a monthly flea market, on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at our regular location (Pet's World- 180 Boai 3rd road), until all the BARK animals have found forever homes. We raise funds for OTHER animal rescue organizations in Taiwan. If you would like to come help us out, that would be great! We need help setting up at 1pm and cleaning up at 6pm. You can keep up to date on any news/changes at BARK's Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BARK-Taiwan/114422105254645