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And THAT was 2018!

We’ve just returned from our 17-month-old daughter’s first fireworks display (she was mesmerized!) as the old year rolled out and 2019 stepped in to take its place. And here, as usual, is another New Year tradition: our end-of-year summary:

Animals In: 125
That includes 109 dogs and 12 cats, but also
1 black-crowned night-heron
1 black kite
1 collared scops owl
and 1 ferret badger

But it doesn’t include the seven animals who were dead before we could save them, nor the three dogs who came back into our care after many years of being adopted. It also doesn’t include the dog we first rescued in 2013 and who came to stay with us for rehabilitation for aggression and biting, nor the four dogs we took in from The PACK Sanctuary to help out.

With all that in mind, ACT helped a total of 140 animals in 2018—not bad for a team of four!

Reasons for Coming into ACT Care
Of those 140, in total
7 were dead on arrival
33 came from cruel conditions, and (included in other totals) 3 of them were newborn, 3 were sick, and 1 had cancer
17 were accident victims, and (included in other totals) 2 had skin infections and 1 had cancer
22 were victims of poachers’ steel leg-hold traps and wire snares, and (included in other totals) 1 had cancer, and 1 had skin disease
1 was adopted from another shelter
21 came in as a favour to others
5 were newborn
5 had skin problems
2 had cancer
5 had other/unknown disease or ailments
19 were in danger, and 1 of them had been hurt in an accident (included in other totals)
9 came in for rehab because of biting/aggression
And 2 were healthy but each was attached to another animal we needed to bring in

In 2018, 17 dogs were adopted into loving homes, and 3 cats and 7 dogs went to foster homes. Three dogs were returned to their guardians, and 20 were transferred to other organisations or rescuers. Two wild birds were released once healthy.

On a sadder note, two cats, four dogs, and a wild ferret badger died of illness, and three suffering old dogs were put to sleep. Four healthy dogs and a sick night heron escaped.

Animals Currently in Our Care
82 dogs
8 cats
1 Formosan giant flying squirrel

Finances (new Taiwan dollars) including Animal Care Trust and ACT for Animals
animal sponsorships 12,800
interest 42
loan 98,721
donations 4,357,704
adoption fees 24,000
sale donations 37,640
TOTAL INCOME 4,530,907

cleaning 10,316
animal care 404,704
maintenance 73,831
phone 20,928
sundries 11,725
electricity 35,312
printing/stationery 4,487
bank charges 32,398
ads/marketing 47,476
construction 582,547
staff costs 8,540
website/data 72,846
water 3,402
postage 2,293
tools/equipment 126,371
rent 401,500
care salaries 597,836
admin salaries 273,838
transport/travel 220,991
animal food 399,650
entertainment 24,683
veterinary 1,158,783
admin costs (10.61 %) 478,949

*The figures above are mostly accurate but not entirely; complete accounts are prepared at our year end, 30 April*

In May, we created The ARK (Animal Rescue Kennels), which is ACT for Animal’s dog-rescue kennels and gardens, which currently houses 53 dogs in five gardens and one kennel building, all cared for by two passionate full-time staff and one part-timer.

Judy is making good progress with the application to make ACT for Animals a national association, which means by spring she should be a registered Taiwan non-profit. And Sean has been working hard to grow his UK-registered charity, Animal Care Trust (ACT), spending many a night and early morning building an attractive and effective new website.

And together we are embarking on a long-term mission to create Taiwan’s first world-class dedicated rehoming centre for dogs and cats. The new year should be a great one. We’ll have two soundly constructed non-profits (ACT for Animals and Animal Care Trust) working hard to raise support for our rescue, rehoming, and sanctuary work here in Taiwan. And that means a great year ahead for the animals. While we hope we won’t need to rescue any, we should have the capacity to help 30 percent more in the year ahead.

And all of this is thanks to you, the generous people who support our animal-rescue work in so many ways. Without you, we can do very little indeed, and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has donated to help us keep on transforming the lives of suffering animals. They are very much deserving of your kindness.

Here’s to a great year ahead—happy New Year, everybody!

Lots of love, Sean and Judy (and Saoirse too)
and the ACT team

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