Helping Man’s Best Friend (向人類最好的朋友伸出援助之手)

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Helping Man’s Best Friend

By: KAN Yuen Yee, Christine (Hall 11)
Images: KAN Yuen Yee, Christine (Hall 11)

Sometime in your life, you’ve probably stumbled upon pet shops selling adorable, month-old puppies that melt your heart. But did you ever stop to think about the ‘manufacturers’ of these puppies? On 1 April, we were proud to have Ms. Cactus MOK, Education and Training Manager of Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR), a local dog-saving organization, to give a talk on dog mistreatment and abandonment in Hong Kong. “It was very eye-opening,” says Steph, a student who attended the talk. ‘”here is so much neglect and cruelty behind the ‘dog-selling’ industry that would no doubt shock you.”

The problem doesn’t stop there either. “Owing to supply and demand, dog-industries continue to flourish, creating more dogs that eventually end up in AFCD, where they are euthanized in just 4 days,” explains guest speaker, Ms. Mok. “Hong Kong Dog Rescue alone houses more than 500 dogs that are as good as any but people rarely even consider adopting as an option.” This phenomenon, along with people’s lack of commitment to their dogs, worsens the stray dog situation on a daily basis.

To help stray dogs, there are many organizations you can volunteer in as a dog-walker, groomer or socializer. Of course, promotion and donations could also help volunteer groups save more dogs. Those who donated to HKDR during our Pet Talk received an adorable dog-themed postcard as a token of appreciation. Hopefully, everyone can grasp the message of the talk and work to help all those poor dogs in need!

向人類最好的朋友伸出援助之手

文:簡婉兒(舍堂十一)
譯:劉陽河(胡應湘爵士伉儷堂)
圖:簡婉兒(舍堂十一)

在你生活中的某一個時刻,你可能會被寵物店中出售的小狗打動了內心,這些小狗可愛至極,通常只有幾個月大。然而,你是否想過是誰讓小狗們處於這樣的境地中呢?四月一日,我們有幸請到了莫家瑩女士,她是香港當地一間救助犬隻的機構——香港救狗之家的教育及訓練經理。她發表了關於香港虐待及遺棄犬隻的演講。Steph同學在參加過演講後感嘆道:「這讓我大開眼界。在寵物狗出售的背後,有太多令人震驚的漠視和慘酷。」

然而這個問題並沒有得到解決。「由於供需的雙向需求,寵物犬銷售行業仍在持續發展中,這使得更多的狗的終點停留在漁農自然護理署,在那裡它們會於四天後被實施安樂死。」莫女士解釋說:「單單在香港救狗之家就收容了超過500隻狗,牠們和其他同類一樣友好可愛,但人們卻從未考慮過收養牠們。」這個現象,再加上人們對寵物狗責任的缺失,使流浪狗每天的處境更加惡化。

如果你想幫助流浪狗的話,你可以在很多組織中做義工,主要職責有遛狗、餵養或擔任社交者。當然,宣傳和捐款也可以讓義工組織收容更多的狗。作為感謝,那些在寵物演講活動中為救狗之家捐款的人都獲得了一個精緻可愛、以狗狗為主題的明信片。希望每一個人都可以將這次演講傳遞的信息銘記於心,向那些需要我們的可憐狗狗伸出援助之手。

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