After a string of gloomy, rainy days, on January 26 the Animal Shelter's Houli park branch finally greeted the warm winter sun and some very special guests—the production team of the "Hunger Games" TV series. When the program hosts Tony Sun, Zax Wang, Jason Hsu, Mini Tsai Huang-ju, and Wu Han Chun visited the shelter, their playful fun with the dogs and cats revealed their concern and love for animals.
This was the first time that the Taichung City Animal Shelter's Houli park branch was the scene of photography by a TV program group. The shelter's pure white, curving building—which makes it look like an art museum—is adorned with touches of lemon yellow, and the warm and happy atmosphere ensured that the VIP guests immediately felt at ease. The specially-designed cat houses and dog pens at the shelter emphasize ventilation and sunlight, and their interior furnishings provide the animals with an enriched living environment. This enrichment reduces the dogs and cats' stress, and lets them relax and reveal their different personalities. The happy interaction between the very charming program hosts and the shelter's dogs and cats not only increased the human contact and socialization of the furry children, but also helped convey the concept of respect for life to all of the show's viewers.
Starting in October 2016, the "Hunger Games" has been broadcast for over five years. Although the program is known as the "hungriest reality show in history," the participants in this recent visit displayed only the most selfless love for the animals. Besides their playful interaction with the shelter's animals, in order to provide real assistance to the furry children, the hosts also tried to conquer various challenges from the show, and donated all their prize money to the Taichung City Animal Welfare Fund when they were successful. To recognize these benevolent contributions, the Health Inspection Office awarded the team members certificates of appreciation, and thanked the program hosts and "Hunger Games" production team for putting their love of animals into practice. We look forward to more collaboration between the government and media in the future, and hope that if all parties can work together for the sake of the city's stray animal welfare and animal protection education, we can create an environment in which humans and animals can live together in peace and harmony.