The hairy child elf is cute and healing, many children and adults want to keep pets, but they regard it as a "toy", and when they take care of it in reality, they find that they have to clean up the hairy children's urine every day, they have the opportunity to get sick, and spend time with them, etc., and finally decide to abandon and even use violence to vent to the hairy children... In order to promote the message of animal protection, the "Animal Watchers Community Ambassador" programme launched by the Hong Kong Police Force has reached out to the community and organised various "Activation" activities, including the establishment of "Pet Corners" in 20 schools, and the appointment of more than 300 kindergarten, primary and secondary school students to become "Animal Watch. Student Ambassadors", who take care of the school's small animals. To this end, the project has teamed up with different animal organizations to support the "Animal Guardians. The "Student Ambassadors" organised a series of activities to help them learn how to live with animals and respect their lives from an early age! The "All-in-One Care Academy" has held talks and visits to the Animal Medical Centre in September and November this year, so let's find out more now!


Introduce secondary school students to understand the daily work of veterinarians and understand the medical needs of animals

In November this past month, 4 caring "Animal Watchers Student Ambassadors" students who are responsible for taking care of the daily life of the dogs in the school visited the Animal Medical Centre of CityU to learn more about the operation of the school. The center explains the daily work of veterinarians for students who are interested in joining the related industry when they grow up; The student ambassadors also had the opportunity to visit the operating theatre and treatment room inside the centre, which was an eye-opener for them.

Dr. Tong Chi Kit, a general practitioner at the centre. Aaron not only explained the academic qualifications and articulation pathways required to become a veterinarian, but also reminded the students that respecting life and caring for animals are the basic qualities of becoming a veterinarian. Because small animals can't speak, unlike people who can tell the doctor where the pain is when they are sick, the veterinarian should be very careful to observe what is wrong with it. In the process, the student ambassadors also learned how to tell the age of the dog from its coat color, teeth, eyes and other parts. Dr. Aaron said, "I hope that students can learn that animals can get sick and need treatment just like humans, and that they are a life, not a 'toy'."

In Dr. Under the leadership of Aaron (pictured left), students can examine the puppy by themselves and try to understand the dog's body structure.

Students had the opportunity to visit the treatment rooms of different functions of the centre and learn that animal therapy is as complex as humans, with different specialties and diagnostic equipment.

After listening to Dr. Aaron's presentation, led by a veterinary nurse, the student ambassadors visited different departments, including the Accident and Emergency Department, the Intensive Care Unit, the Diagnostic Imaging Room and the Laboratory, and learned about the operation of advanced diagnostic imaging and treatment equipment. During the visit, the students learned a lot of interesting animal knowledge, such as cats have only three blood types, namely type A, type B and AB, while dogs have a much more complex blood type than humans, with 13 types of subdivisions. After the lectures and visits, the group of student ambassadors said that they had benefited a lot, including Liu from Secondary <> and Luo from Secondary <> respectively, who said that they would aim to become veterinarians and animal groomers respectively. "I have a dog, but I usually take it to the clinic, and I don't know where the doctor will take it for the next check-up, and I don't know the actual situation of the check-up.

At the end of the day, students and representatives from CityU Animal Medical Centre received souvenirs of the Animal Watchers Community Ambassador programme.

Kindergarten children are the first step in learning to be a responsible owner

In addition to secondary school students, the Animal Watchful Community Ambassador Programme of the Hong Kong Police Force (AFP) organised two talks with the non-profit organisation Paws Hero and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in September on the topics of "Be a Responsible Pet Owner" and "What You Need to Know About ABCD Animal Protection". For example, some children once thought that birds do not have nostrils and ear holes, so we will introduce different animals, not only cats and dogs, but also rabbits and turtles, etc., through sticker games and storytelling, to introduce animals to life like humans, they have different living and eating habits, and we will also bring volunteer dogs for children to come into contact with first-hand and make them have more empathy for animals."

"If children want to have pets, we generally encourage parents to take their children to different adoption days, first do psychological construction, and take the initiative to learn more about pet ownership with staff and volunteers. Going to Adoption Day doesn't mean adopting immediately, but it is an opportunity for children to get in touch with different animals and understand their true state." Avis joked that many children think that small animals do not have "double poop", so in the talk, they will not only remind children that they need to have time, money and enough living space to be owners, but also need to have love, care, patience and determination to take care of their furry children for a lifetime.

The children were very curious about the dogs and were surprised to be told that the dogs could not eat chocolate and grapes.

In class, the instructor will teach the children how to approach and pet unfamiliar dogs.

(Data and photos provided by the General Assembly)