Taiwan expat seeks new home for over 200 rescued animals

TAIPEI, Taiwan - An expatriate from England who has been in Taiwan for 15 years was recently featured in local newspapers, following an article in the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper.

Originally from Folkestone, Kent, Sean McCormack has been an expat in Taiwan for the past 15 years. In his time here, McCormack has dedicated the majority of his time to aiding stray animals and those who have been left in pounds.

After securing a home in America for his first rescued stray, McCormack left his job in order to commit full time to animals. McCormack's dedication to the animals led to the eventual establishment of "The Sanctuary," an animal charity located in Sanzhi District, which houses rescued animals.

As of today, 200 animals live in the refuge, include dogs, cats, pigs, rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, hedgehogs and parakeets.

Featured in the Daily Mail

One of the numerous animals rescued by McCormack is Tiny, a friendly rottweiler and now Grand Champion of The Ruffs 2014, a show started by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), which allows people to vote for the animal they deem most worthy of a crown.

Yet Tiny was not always so lucky. When Tiny was found by McCormack in a local pound after being abandoned, he had barely any hair left on him.

Obviously ill, depressed and considered an aggressive dog, Tiny was nonetheless taken to McCormack's sanctuary to be cared for by himself and his volunteers.

Under the care of veterinarian Yang Dong-sheng of YangMing Veterinary Hospital and the environment of the sanctuary, Tiny made a recovery that surprised even McCormack, growing out a beautiful coat and developing an energetic attitude, with not even a glimpse of the previous aggressiveness to be seen.

Currently adopted by volunteer Laeila Pereira, who moved just so she could find a place to accommodate the dog, Tiny was crowned Grand Champion after receiving over 300,000 votes on the RSPCA's Facebook page.

However, McCormack's sanctuary is under pressure to relocate, after their landlady informed them of her wish to sell the land. Over 200 rescued animals might be left without a home. McCormack and his staff are now looking to purchase 2.5 acres of land not far from their current location.

Currently approximately NT$5 million (S$208,000) short, McCormack and his staff are looking to use Tiny's story as an inspiration to start a campaign to raise enough money to purchase what will become a beautiful sanctuary.

"By donating to our new sanctuary location," McCormack told The China Post, "you will be preventing almost 200 rescued animals becoming homeless and providing them with a safe, healthy, happy home for the rest of their lives."

To donate to McCormack's cause, please visit: http://thesanctuarytaiwan.org/