If you need extra comfort in this cold Hong Kong winter, consider getting a furry friend to help keep you warm. Hong Kong Dog Rescue has put out an urgent call for foster families willing to take in dogs both young and old.
Dog Rescue founder Sally Andersen has suffered a minor brain bleed, so the group needs help. Andersen personally cares for dogs awaiting adoption at her home on Lamma Island.
Previously misdiagnosed as a stress migraine, Andersen's condition is not life-threatening, but has left her unable to fully care for the dogs until she recovers.
Dog Rescue has put out an urgent call for families willing to take one or two dogs, either as foster parents or to adopt them permanently. The animals range from young puppies to elderly dogs. Fostering is needed for three to four weeks, or until Andersen has recovered enough to once again care for the dogs.
Supporters have filled the group's Facebook page with wishes for Andersen's full recovery. Andersen's sister, Gill Hughes-Wilson, wrote: "The best help you could give Sally is to take care of her dogs as I am sure she will be worrying about them."
For those that cannot give a home to the dogs, the group has also been accepting volunteers to work in helping to maintain the kennels, or to donate blankets to keep the animals warm.
"Thank you for caring about the dogs and Sally," the charity said on its Facebook page. "Both of our Homing Centres are still open every day and we are still rescuing dogs from [the government]."