In organizing the Good Reads for Good Deeds charity campaign, Juven had the honor of sitting down with different individuals involved with NGOs and charities. We want to feature their stories here. Juven hopes that through this campaign, we can build a new model of engagement between charities, organizations and the public.
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Untold Stories of an Animal Rescuer
Did you know that many animals are in need of rescue? Did you know that this could be because these animals had fallen into traps, or are housed in unethical and illegal animal breeding farms? Have you seen animal abusers escape from the law despite their cruelty?
As inspector general of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hong Kong, Anthony has seem it all. His mission is to rescue injured, trapped or abused animals, and provide shelter and care to animals that truly need help.
SPCA is a charitable organization. It educates the public on animals and animal welfare, and provides sterilization and 24-hour rescue services. It also provides financial aid for families and pets that are in crisis. To finance its services, SPCA relies on donations from the public as well as proceeds from its veterinary services. A common misconception is that SPCA euthanizes animals that are not adopted in their old age. Anthony is perplexed at the many misconceptions and distortions that people believed about SPCA. He pointed out that there are many temporary adopters who take care of animals for a time so that they needn’t stay in centers.
Seventeen years ago, Anthony worked at a white-collar desk job before deciding to join the SPCA. “My beloved dog became ill, and I only wanted to find help for it,” he recalled, “But after accepting SPCA services and understanding the different departments within, I decided to quit my job and join the inspectorate.” He felt that this had more meaning for him than his old job. After learning veterinary science, undergoing legal and animal rescue training, and five examinations later, Anthony finally officially became an inspector at SPCA and began rescuing animals.
As a member of the rescue team, the last fifteen years has brought Anthony into many different situations and brought him many joys and sorrows. “I can’t stand those neglectful owners at all,” he fumed, “they ignore their pets and make up excuses for not being responsible. Worst of all, they provide the barest minimum of care so that they land in a legal gray area and so escape from any responsibility before the law!”
Yet, he had many heartwarming stories to share as well. “Sometimes, goodhearted pet owners need our help to rescue their beloved pets. They not only care for their animals, but they accept our often harsh advice to avoid this situation from ever happening again,” he said. “They are often very willing to listen to us and are glad for our help.”
“I remember there was one case where someone brought his two dogs with him on a hike in the country park. One of the dogs began to suffer heatstroke.” Anthony then needed to carry the unconscious dog down the hill, all the while giving harsh criticism to the pet owner. “He was remorseful and wouldn’t stop apologizing. He knew he hadn’t made adequate preparations and was very grateful for the help.”
In his spare time, Anthony likes to listen to music to relieve stress. “Behind the Lyrics” is a book by famed lyricist Jimmy Lo (盧國沾) about his work, and is Anthony’s favorite book. “When I’m faced with troubled times, songs and lyrics give me a space to rediscover myself,” he explained.
“I deeply believe that you shouldn’t be afraid of failure. You should throw yourself into your passion and interest, and whatever gives you meaning in life,” Anthony exclaimed, “I hope that everyone will “Love Animals — Love Life”, because the welfare of animals reflects on human nature.
Juven followed Anthony on his everyday rescue activities. We personally witnessed as he rescued an injured pigeon in a housing estate. He also went to a police station to retrieve three abandoned puppies that were found by a concerned citizen. That person agreed to adopt one of the abandoned puppies, and the SPCA gave him instruction on how to care for it. Anthony brought the other two back to the SPCA, in hopes that kind people will adopt them as well.
As Anthony said, animal welfare reflects on human nature. Please support the SPCA in its animal rescue and education work through Good Reads for Good Deeds charity campaign. Donate today! https://juven.co/spcahk/donate
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「我深信你不應該害怕失敗，投入去做你有興趣及對你的人生有意義的事情。」Anthony再說：「 我希望每個人都會『愛動物 愛生命』，因動物的福祉反映了人的本性。」