Photo courtesy of Angela Tsang
Angela Tsang’s daughters Allison and Alexis Kwan play with their newly adopted dog Chaucer who wandered into their Pacifica home nearly a year ago.
Angela Tsang went above and beyond for a lost dog that wandered into her life nearly a year ago.
Prior to crossing paths with Tsang at her Pacifica home, little was known about Chaucer — an older Chihuahua mix who spent months at the Peninsula Humane Society without finding a home.
“Chaucer walked up to me about a year ago in my driveway. I didn’t know who he belonged to, he had a collar but no tag,” Tsang said, adding she and her neighbors determined he’d been on the streets for days without food. “He just looked at me like ‘I’m lost. Can you help me?”
Tsang said she immediately took him to the PHS then regularly followed up by visiting and doing all she could to make sure he wouldn’t be euthanized.
“I’ve been calling the shelter every single week to check on him because I didn’t want him to be put down; it’s not his fault that somebody dumped him,” Tsang said.
Hesitant to adopt Chaucer — as the family already has a cat and the death of her last dog hit her hard — Tsang was hopeful the friendly pooch would find a home once he was transferred to the PHS’ Center for Compassion in Burlingame.
But months passed and whether it was due to his age, breed or dark color, the chances of Chaucer finding a forever home seemed to be diminishing.
So Tsang decided to take the plunge and officially adopted him just in time for the holidays.
“For some reason that little dog just sang to my heart,” Tsang said. “Finally I talked to my husband and since I made him drive me to the shelter every single week, I told him maybe [Chaucer’s] meant to be for me. … I figured a dog spending that much time in a shelter is enough. Plus it’s the holidays!”
Tsang said Chaucer has been getting along swell with her two daughters and although it might take some time for the family cat to warm up to him, she couldn’t be happier with how well he’s doing.
“He is very pampered and very happy. As soon as I put the collar on him and my younger daughter took him out to walk, he walked so happily, and he’s like telling us ‘look! I have an owner!’” Tsang said.
Staff at the PHS became quite familiar with Tsang and was thrilled that she decided to take Chaucer home.
“It’s not only wonderful to see Ms. Tsang and her family add this little one to their family, but also wonderful to work for the animals here in a community which provides the sort of support that allows us to care for an animal for such an extended period until a real family is found!” PHS President Ken White wrote in an email. “That ‘support’ means not only financial support but also the amazing gift of time and love provided by more than 1,400 volunteers. PHS/SPCA knows itself to be extremely fortunate, and that in turn means our animals are given chances well beyond what most humane organizations can offer.”
Tsang said her experience with PHS personnel was great and Chaucer’s life over the past year has been well documented. From going for walks to receiving medical treatments, Tsang said the dog was in good hands.
PHS even conducted a doggie DNA test and determined Chaucer is a Chihuahua, spaniel, greyhound and poodle mix. He’s likely between 6 and 9 years old and is in good health, Tsang said.
Now, Tsang wants to encourage those who may be interested in adopting a pet to consider an older dog.
“They give just the same amount of love and [are] just as much fun. I hope more people would adopt older animals,” Tsang said. “They deserve a better life.”
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