The Health Inspection Office held the "2020 animal protection volunteer awards meeting and board game experience talk" at the Forestpath Café—a pet-friendly space—on December 11. In order to express consideration for and recognize the volunteers for their contributions during the year, the Health Inspection Office specially issued Elite awards and certificates of appreciation to the 3 volunteers with the greatest hours of service. And to honor the volunteers' selfless dedication, another 4 volunteers with over one year of service experience and more than 100 hours of service work were made Health Inspection Office senior volunteers and received magenta volunteer's vests. Apart from the awards activity, the event also included a board game experience activity, which let the volunteers play the roles of endangered wild animals, and try to survive in an environment where there is human activity, which encouraged them to give thought to animals' current difficulties and predicaments.
The Health Inspection Office first established an animal protection volunteer team in 2015, and after five years of hard work, the team has finally reached a state of maturity. During 2020, the Health Inspection Office accepted applications from members of the public to become volunteers since April, and enrolled 27 new volunteer team members after applicants had undergone an interview and participated in a series of practical training sessions. Volunteers can serve in different sections depending on their interests and talents: individuals with a keen sense of justice and dedication to animal welfare can join the "investigation vanguard section" and make sure that dogs and cats receive the care and treatment that they deserve; persons who are good at photography and enjoy writing short articles can join the "happy mutt section" and help give exposure to dogs and cats at the Animal Shelter; and those who support education and have long sought to improve animal protection awareness can join the "furry publicity section" and help spread awareness of dogs and cats' need for an adequate living environment. Over the course of 2020, our volunteers' active participation has ensured that dogs and cats at the Animal Shelter have received sufficient time for outdoors activity, and also enabled our door-to-door spay and neuter campaigns to achieve unprecedented results.
After a year of service and a series of specialized training classes, the volunteers have established and strengthened friendships born of shared passions, and sharing between new and old volunteers has encouraged mutual growth. The sharing of service and training photos during the year-end get-together gave the volunteers a chance to recall their service and classes during the year, and reflect on how their mutual encouragement, enthusiasm, sweat, and even tears blended together to create wonderful memories of 2020.
The Health Inspection Office's volunteer team will extend their service to the Houli Park branch of the Animal Shelter, which will formally re-open its doors next year. We hope that, in the future, our volunteers will continue to work hard on behalf of animals in the face of the many difficulties they may encounter. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please continue to look for recruiting information on the volunteer service area of the Health Inspection Office website—We hope that you can join us.