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The Health Inspection Office teaches children from the Gonghao Social Residence to become good pet owners through guided picture book reading!

  • Understanding the responsibility of keeping animals from picture books Understanding the responsibility of keeping animals from picture books
  • Children playing games Children playing games
  • Guided activities to play games Guided activities to play games
  • Picture Book Guided Storytelling-Think about what to do for animals Picture Book Guided Storytelling-Think about what to do for animals
  • Children painting- think about what to do for animals Children painting- think about what to do for animals
  • Understanding the responsibility of keeping animals from picture books
  • Children playing games
  • Guided activities to play games
  • Picture Book Guided Storytelling-Think about what to do for animals
  • Children painting- think about what to do for animals

Although many children are very eager to have a pet, they seldom realize how hard it is to properly care for an animal when they demand to get one. To make children think carefully about whether they have what it takes to be good masters before they get a pet, the Health Inspection Office held the "My First Dog: Guided Picture Book Reading and Board Game" at the Gonghao Social Residence in the Gongzheng Section, Dali District on May 31. This event employed a picture book reading and board game to familiarize children with the responsibilities they will have to bear if they raise a pet.

 

Many children equate pets with having fun, and think that keeping a pet only means playing with the animal; they are not aware of the difficulties that come with caring for a pet, and don’t realize that a pet—regardless of whether a dog, cat, rodent, or rabbit—is a living being. Apart from its basic physiological needs, a pet also needs our empathy and respect if we are to coexist in harmony. Even when playing with a pet, we must remember to think about its needs and wishes, and not let our actions become harassment. In this activity, speaker Yang Ya-han specially chose to cover the book "My First Dog," which features a child's first-person pet ownership experience. The interactions and shared experiences of a little girl and puppy in the book helped the children to understand that pets are not toys, but are instead furry family members with their own individual feelings and emotions. A pet's owner is like its parent: Apart from playing with it, the owner must also care for it conscientiously during sickness and health, accompanying it for a lifetime, and never abandon it—these are the indispensable attributes of a good little master.

 

The Health Inspection Office reminds everyone who is thinking of getting a pet to make sure to understand the species' ecology and habits ahead of time, and carefully ask themselves whether they will be able to provide a suitable living environment and have what it takes to accompany the pet to the end of its life. Never ever impulsively get a pet due to a burst of enthusiasm or failure to talk a child out of its desire to have a pet. Remember that as far as a pet is concerned, if one's beloved owner's affection fades, and one is consigned to wander the streets or spend one's lifetime neglected in a small cage, this is the most undesirable outcome.

  • Data update: 2020-06-30
  • Publish Date : 2020-06-30
  • Source: Taichung City Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office
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