Why should I adopt?
- You can save a precious life by giving an animal a chance to live and be an affectionate companion again.
- You get a companion animal with a friendly temperament.
- You get a pet that has been neutered (mainly dogs and cats) which makes it a healthier pet.
- You help to prevent overpopulation of companion animals.
AFCD Rehome Scheme
Before buying a pet, why not consider adoption to save a life?
Your wise decision can alter the destiny of abandoned animals!
Many animals deserve a second chance of being a pet again after they were abandoned or given up by their owners.
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) encourages the public to adopt abandoned or surrendered animals through our partnering Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs). These animals include dogs, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, reptiles, etc.
Abandoned and unclaimed animals which have a friendly temperament and are healthy will be selected for re-homing.
Source of animals for adoption
- AFCD receives abandoned or unclaimed animals.
- AFCD’s veterinarians will perform health checks and temperament assessment of the animals.
- Animals with a good temperament and health condition will be transferred to our partnering AWOs for neutering (mainly dogs and cats) and adoption.
- Public who are interested in adopting animals could apply to the AWOs and follow the adoption procedure accordingly.
Please click here for information regarding how to become an AFCD partnering AWO.
Where To Adopt
Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs) List
|Cheung Chau Animal Care (CCAC)|
|Hong Kong AlleyCat Watch|
|Telephone:||9310 0744 (English speaker)|
|Hong Kong Cats|
|Telephone:||5131 3921 (English speaker)|
|Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR)|
|HK Rescue Puppies (HKRP)|
|Telephone:||9021 2472 (Whatsapp only; English speaker; 11am to 7pm only)|
|Hong Kong Rabbit Society|
|HK Saving Cat and Dog Association|
|Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation (HKHERP)|
|Telephone:||2751 3533 / 3575 9582|
|House of Joy & Mercy|
|Telephone:||5595 1933 (English speaker)|
|Lamma Animal Welfare Centre|
|Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP)|
|Telephone:||9887 9494 / 6477 1492 (English speaker)|
|Paws United Charity|
|Telephone:||9130 2919 (Whatsapp only)|
|Sai Kung Stray Friends|
|Telephone:||9199 2340 (Ms Pamuk; English speaker) / 6012 8559 (Ms Leung)|
|Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA)|
|Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)|
|Team for Animals in Lantau South (TAILS)|
|Telephone:||6464 2908 (Whatsapp only)|
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Subvention for Animal Welfare OrganisationsBackground and objective
The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) will accept applications from 1 September to 31 October for government subvention to provide financial assistance to Animal Welfare Organisations (AWOs) in the following year. The subvention scheme aims to provide financial support to AWOs to organise education and publicity programmes as well as other animal management and welfare-related activities, such as rehoming service. To apply for the subvention funding, please submit the application form
Who are eligible to apply for the AWO subvention?
Organisations that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the subvention:
(1) The organisation must be:
(iii) a body of persons, or charity, as defined by section 2(1) of the Registered Trustees Incorporation Ordinance (Cap. 306) which has been granted a certificate of incorporation under section 4(1) of that Ordinance.
(2) The organisation must also be a charitable institution or trust of a public character that is exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) (Rehoming partners of AFCD who joined the animal rehome scheme prior to March 2017 may be exempted from this requirement).
(3) The core services and activities of the organisation must be related to promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management and it must be actively engaged in such services/activities over the past 3 years or more (rehoming partners of AFCD animal rehome scheme are exempted from the 3-year requirement).
(4) The organisation must be well-managed and properly constituted with good record keeping and accounting systems.
(5) Organisations charging an adoption or re-homing fee must possess an exemption from holding an animal trader licence under section 5A of the Public Health (Animals and Birds) (Trading and Breeding) Regulations (Cap. 139B). For rehoming partners of AFCD animal rehome scheme that cannot meet the requirement as stated in (2), at least one individual acting on behalf of the organisation must possess the individual exemption.
What sort of projects would be considered?
Only those applications that are project-based and directly related to the promotion of animal welfare and proper animal management will be considered. Examples of programmes that have received subvention funding in the past include (but not limited to):
- Programmes to enhance public awareness on responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and adoption
- Programmes to assist AWOs to run rehoming schemes, such as provision of preventive veterinary medical care (including desexing) and food for rehoming animals
- Programmes to renovate or enhance facilities/equipment in an adoption centre
How to apply for the subvention?
Please send the completed application form
Animal Management (Development) Division
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Counter 8, 5/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices
303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
For enquiries, please contact email@example.com
Applicants will be informed of the result of the application in January of the following year. Successful applicants will be requested to submit half-year and full-year progress reports on the subvented projects. Approved funds will normally be reimbursed after acceptance of reports, satisfactory performance of the project and proof of expenditure (e.g. invoices).
Thank you for your support in promoting animal welfare.