Although the mid-year Covid outbreak forced the Health Inspection Office's volunteer team to temporarily suspend service for a long 4 months, the team's cumulative total service hours nevertheless reached the previous year's level of 1,200 hours by the end of November. To show our gratitude and appreciation of the volunteers' contributions and commitment over the course of the year, the Health Inspection Office held the "2021 Animal Protection Volunteer Get-together and Year-end Awards Activity" at the Le Chien pet-friendly restaurant on December 11. At this event, in order to recognize their selfless contributions, Elite Awards and certificates of appreciation were given out to the 3 volunteers with the greatest number of service hours. One of these individuals was also given a pink vest expressing their promotion to senior volunteer.
To provide a channel for communication with volunteers, the Health Inspection Office holds volunteer get-togethers on a yearly basis. These events lets volunteers find out how the volunteer team is doing, and also gives them a good opportunity to provide their feedback and ideas, and discuss how to make the volunteer team better and more cohesive. At a crafts workshop held during the second half of the meeting, instructors from the Geng Tian Handicrafts Workshop taught participants how to weave dreamcatchers. The volunteers listened attentively to the instructors' explanations, and were soon creating their own works, which ensure that the volunteers returned home with blessings and good fortune.
Starting in March, the Health Inspection Office accepted applications for 50 new volunteers during remainder of the year (2021). After interviews and a series of practical training sessions, 9 new members were formally added to the team. The remaining applicants are continuing to receive training geared to making their future service go smoothly. Because of the recent re-opening of the renovated Houli Animal Shelter branch, volunteer training during 2021 focused on animal shelter guide training and ways of improving the welfare of shelter dogs and cats and making animal adoption more successful. It is thanks to the volunteers' diligent participation that shelter dogs and cats now enjoy plenty of outdoors activity time, there are even more dog and cat adoption notices and photos on the shelter's fans page, and the shelter's guide service has received extensive praise and encouragement.
In conjunction with the upcoming re-opening of the Taichung Animal Shelter's Nantun branch, the Health Inspection Office looks forward to the volunteers overcoming all obstacles as they strive to promote animal welfare. Those who would like to join our volunteer team should continue to watch recruiting information in the Health Inspection Office's volunteer service area—We hope very much you can join us!