By: Wang Shu-fen and Brook Hsiao
Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) Construction of a new no-kill animal shelter for abandoned and stray animals will be completed early next year in Yanchao District of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, according to the city’s animal protection office.
Kaohsiung City Animal Protection Office Director Hsu Jung-pin (徐榮彬) said that the shelter will cover one hectare, with the capacity of settling 500 animals. The construction cost is estimated at about NT$100 million (US$3.2 million).
Kaohsiung needs to deal with around 5,000 abandoned animals every year and the existing facilities are unable to meet demand, hence the decision to construct the new shelter.
Hsu also said that around half of the animals taken in by shelters are adopted after being treated. In addition, no more abandoned animals will be euthanized in Kaohsiung, which is aiming to become known as an animal-friendly city.