Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) was first set up as a Society in 2003 and gained full charity (non-profit) status in March 2005. It is run by founder, Sally Andersen, a handful of staff and hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

The puppies and dogs in HKDR’s care come from various sources, though the majority are taken from the government’s AFCD Animal Management Centres where they would otherwise be destroyed. Some have been handed in by the public as strays, while others have been surrendered directly by their owners as being no longer wanted.

HKDR’s main Homing Centre is currently based in a temporary facility at Tai Po. A number of long-term dogs are also housed on Lamma Island, along with young puppies who are kept in a home environment during this critically important time in their development. Smaller sized dog stay at our Ap Lei Chau Homing Centre. There are currently around 600 dogs and puppies under HKDR’s care, and since inception in 2003 HKDR has successfully homed more than 7000 lucky individuals.

Some of the dogs that come to HKDR have health or behavioural problems, and part of our work is to rehabilitate these dogs to make them ready and suitable for adoption. It is HKDR policy that all dogs be treated with respect and kindness, and that all training and rehabilitation is done using  positive reinforcement training methods, never punishment.

HKDR believes that education regarding a dog’s needs and wellbeing is vital to prevent cruelty, negligence, and abandonment.

In the also our belief that education is one of the best ways to improve the likelihood of responsible, lifelong, dog ownership, and as such HKDR is actively expanding its community outreach programmes. HKDR volunteers work with schools and other groups to introduce the basics of dog behaviour and training as well as running monthly “Positive Partners” dog-human training courses.


HKDR is proud to be a ‘No Kill Organisation’ meaning that no dog under our care will be euthanised for any reason other than when it is the only humane option.