TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A new stray animal shelter opened in Hualien County on Tuesday (Dec. 14) will save animal lives, while it is also expected to actively engage with China’s pet grooming industry. Taiwan.
After years of preparation, the center located in Fenglin County occupies an area of 0.88 hectares and has a capacity of 330 dogs and 20 cats. The facility will be staffed with four veterinarians and a cleaning crew, per CNA.
This is part of the country’s effort to ensure that every municipality has at least one public unit to house homeless dogs and felines. Since 2014, the Board of Agriculture, which oversees animal welfare issues, has subsidized the establishment of 29 such parks in 20 cities and counties nationwide with NT$1.6 billion (57. US$5 million) of funds.
While the shelter will primarily provide adoption services, it will also serve as an educational facility and animal behavior modification training site as well as pet grooming classes.
To this end, the county government has signed memorandums of understanding with Hualien National Agricultural High School and Farglory Ocean Park, according to the county.
A new animal shelter opens in Hualien. (ANC pictures)