Know your 'Hood: Island Exotic Hospital @ SYP

The other day I went to the Jazz fest in West Kowloon. Sitting not far from my group of friends was to my utter amusement a peculiar audience. A couple with their pet; not a cat or a dog or a hamster but a cute little Hedgehog!! Yeah you heard me write a hedgehog, all tiny with Prickles 😊!!

Where do these guys get these kind of exotic pets, and more importantly, where do they go for it’s medical need I wondered loudly. That’s when one of my friends spoke to me of a hospital for exotic pets in Sai Ying Pun.

Now for those who don’t know me I am a pet lover. I live in Hong Hom and visit HK island on a quasi-daily basis as I work in Central and believe I know Sai Wan pretty thoroughly,having worked there for many years. But never had I heard of this hospital for exotic pets. I couldn’t wait to check it out.

Unlike many other vets which are usually on the ground floor, Island Exotic Hospital is on the 2/F Hing Tai Building. The hospital opened in 2016 and it is a sister shop of Tai Wai Exotic Hospital, since they have a lot of clients (not human, we mean the little ones) in Tai Wai but the owners are living on the island side and they hope that will be one closer. The crew considered the location close to Central and the Western harbor tunnel, that would be easier for them to transport goods to/from Tai Wai. A reasonable rent was also taken into account.