Hundreds of dog-lovers from all over the world, from the U.S. to Britain, Spain, Canada and even the Philippines are offering to adopt Kai — the dog who was found abandoned and tied up at a train station with his own suitcase.
Kai the Shar-Pei crossbreed quickly turned into the most popular canine in the Scottish SPCA’s history after he was found this past on Friday, outside Ayr station in Scotland, with a case containing his favorite toy, bowl, dog food and even a pillow. The organization has already received more than 100 phone calls and more than 80 e-mails from dog lovers eager to give Kai a new home. However, the Scottish SPCA insists that the new owner will be local. Assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said:
We’ve had offers from America, the Philippines, Canada and England and we’re trying to work our way through them. We’ve had good responses in the past but this is off the scale. We’ve never had offers from the other side of the world before.
What we’re saying to people is fill out a questionnaire, and Anna the manager and I will have a wee look through, whittle them down and make a decision. It’ll be hard but we’ll get there. We just can’t believe how big this became, but then, it’s not every day you get a dog abandoned with his own suitcase.
Before Kai could be rehomed, however, the charity’s investigation of his abandonment must be complete. Furthermore, the dog also needs surgery for entropions, inward-curling eyelids, which the SPCA will pay for. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Enjoying the attention: Kai the Shar-Pei crossbreed at the Scottish SPCA’s rehoming centre in Glasgow.
2. Assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said Kai’s success had taken staff by surprise. ‘We just can’t believe how big this became,’ she said. ‘But then, it’s not every day you get a dog abandoned with his own suitcase’.
3. Kai in his new lodgings, which he has been in and out of constantly because of all the attention.
4. Kai needs surgery for entropions — inward-curling eyelids — but his fans have already raised the cash.
In an effort to collect the funds needed to pay for Kai’s surgery, the Scottish SPCA has set up a JustGiving page, looking to raise the ┬ú1,000. But it has already raised almost triple that amount. Ms. Cavanagh said:
He’s loved the attention. He’s been in and out of his kennel so many times being filmed and having his picture taken. He’s a very happy boy and he’s behaved perfectly. We’re also seeing a boost in donations. A lot of people have come here in person and mentioned him.
Animal welfare specialists have warned that Kai’s previous owners could face a lifetime ban from keeping animals, following the “cruel” incident. Scottish SPCA inspector Stewart Taylor commented:
The dog is microchipped and we were able to find out his name is Kai. We contacted the owner registered to the microchip, who stated they had sold Kai on Gumtree in 2013. Unfortunately they could not tell us the address of the person who bought him.
This case highlights the potential consequences of selling an animal online, as it often leads to the impulse buying of pets that people know very little about. Regardless of the fact Kai was left with his belongings, this was still a cruel incident and we are keen to identify the person responsible.
If anyone can help we would ask them to get in touch as soon as possible. Kai is around two to three years old and is a lovely dog with a nice nature. We will look after him until we can find him a permanent and loving home.
Train station staff looked after the dog until the Scottish SPCA arrived at the scene.
5. This photo of Kai the Shar-Pei crossbreed, who was found at Ayr station with his toy, food and bowl in a suitcase last Friday, was shared around the world and prompted an outpouring of generosity.
6. Station staff looked after Kai until the Scottish SPCA arrived at the scene on Friday.
7. Some of the places around the world which have offered new homes… but Kai will stay in Scotland.
8. Kai with senior animal expert Alan Grant. Staff hope to find him a new owner later this month.
9. One staff member said: ‘We’ve had good responses in the past but this is off the scale. We’re telling people to ill out a questionnaire, and Anna the manager and I will have a wee look through and whittle them down’.
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