What do you do when on the uneven and dusty streets of Chengdu your eyes wander and meet those of a stray dog? Immediately there’s a bond as his trusting eyes look at you and his body wags with joy to meet you. Instinctively you know that he was once someone’s pet, his previous owners perceiving him as easily disposable, thrown and abandoned on the streets like a spare piece of trash. A once bounding puppy transformed into a matted flea infested stray dog whose eyes are fixed on you, yearning to be loved again. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness wash over you, as you don’t have the finances to help him, are unsure of a safe and reliable veterinarian in the city and have no safe place to house him. Emotions boiling you walk away, but your new buddy follows you for a short time, trying to communicate to you, to anyone, his desire to be given a new life, that he is a good dog. Eventually he gives up and man’s best friend continues to wander the streets, his fate uncertain of whether he will survive, die from starvation, disease or an accident, or be stolen and brutally killed for his meat or fur. Unless an animal welfare organization finds and places him in a foster and adoption programme to provide him with a life worth living.
Overwhelming scenes similar to this story unfold daily as dogs, cats and people struggle to survive. Without foster and adoption programmes, animal welfare organizations that run on limited resources, manpower and funding are unable to save and find forever homes for rescued animals. Foster parents provide rescued animals short-term care for several weeks to months with a lot of love in a safe and suitable environment. Fostering helps to develop social skills and decrease behavioural problems that would arise if the dog or cat lived in a cage or was placed in shelter that was unable to meet his or her basic needs. If you’ve grown up always having a cat or dog and are only in China on a short-term basis then being a foster parent is a great way to have a companion and make a huge difference. Although it is very easy to get attached to your new four-legged best friend this role prepares them for a lifelong home. Being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience as you have the exciting responsibility to learn the quirky and individual personality of the animal in your care. This helps the adoption process by providing the organization with the information that enables them to best match the needs and lifestyle of new parents with those of their furry family member. Being a foster parent is one of the most important and worthwhile contributions to animal welfare an individual can make.
There is nothing like the unconditional love that is provided by our pets. Regardless of how good or bad your day has been, every time you come home from work you’re greeted with a wagging tail and/or a joyous meow. If you’re sick, sad, playing on your iPad, or even brushing your teeth your furry best friend will be by your side. Animals are an integral part of the family unit, which teach compassion to younger generations. Owning an animal will increase the joy in your life and is immensely beneficial to your health. According to human-animal bond scientific studies done and published by the Humane Bond Research Initiative Foundation (HABRI) animals positively impact our health in seven key areas. These are; allergy and asthma immunity amongst children, Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. HABRI suspects that as they continue this study that they will find that pets provide people with dozens of health benefits. Dogs and cats also play a large role as therapists for seniors, the disabled, patients in hospitals, and are working dogs in many roles. These can be as K-9 police dogs, bomb sniffers, search and rescue missions, in combat including Afghanistan and Iraq, conservation and herd livestock. A black Labrador mix named Tucker was rescued as a stray from the streets of Seatte and has now become the world’s only working dog that helps marine biologists track and find orcas. The research boat used to find the orcas is directed by Tucker’s body language, whose sensitive nose picks up the subtle scent of orca scat, which can disappear in under 30 minutes. Tucker’s role helps researchers monitor orca health, the affects of overfishing and food supply therefore helping to save the offspring of this endangered species for future generations to enjoy. As well animals help future generations learn compassion, empathy and respect for animals and the environment.
Many animal welfare organizations that have foster and adoption and education programmes work with local schools from primary to University levels. These Humane Educators bring rescued dogs and cats into classrooms and schools to teach children and adults empathy, respect and compassion. Calm animals that were once strays inspire and provide a hands-on memorable experience for people to see and understand the vast array of animal emotions and behaviours. Humane Educators and their four-legged teachers also teach the basics of animal care, and work with teachers to provide exciting projects based on the curriculum or subjects such as biology. Using positive reinforcement rescued dogs and cats can be trained to serve as our companions in our home and workplace to make a difference in the lives of animals and people around the world.
Making the choice to bring a rescued cat and dog into your home is exciting yet challenging. It is a big decision to add a furry family member as he or she will require responsible ownership to meet all of their physical and psychological needs. Good animal welfare organizations help you find the dog or cat that is right for you through proper screening, visits, education and adoption days. Adoption days are community driven educational and fun events that are organized and held by local businesses, companies and organizations to create awareness about animals in shelters and in the community. These events are successful in North America, Europe and Australia through long-term and internationally acclaimed animal welfare organizations such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Dogs Trust. Dogs Trust is Britain’s largest dog welfare charity and has 18 rehoming centres across the UK and 1 in Dublin that cares for over 16,000 dogs per year, and does not have any healthy dog destroyed. All dogs are microchipped, neutered or spayed and vaccinated, so the family receives a healthy addition to their family. Across China animal welfare is burgeoning and with it foster and adoption. Adoption days have already become popular and successful for animal welfare organizations in Shanghai and Beijing. Second Chance Animal Aid Shanghai (SCAA) is one of the leading foster and adoption organizations in China that follows and promotes international standards similar to the RSPCA. To date they have adopted and made second chances for 832 animals. Adoption days can create the magic moment where cat and dog owners meet their furry child for the first time, and often the animal picks their family. These events and other activities promote how to become a responsible pet owner, and the difference that an individual can make for animal, even if they are unable to foster and adopt.
Although cat and dog ownership is on the rise in Chengdu, foster and adoption is still a new concept. Making the choice to foster and adopt directly saves lives, and allows animal welfare organizations to rescue an increasing number of animals that are in need. Rescued animals provide great joy in the lives of their owners and are capable of making a huge difference in their community. Instead of feeling hopeless and helpless when your eyes meet those of a starving and sick animal on the streets of Chengdu you don’t need to walk away, you can contact Ruby Animal Rescue Foundation (RAR) and a solution can be found. As we understand that when a dog or cat walks into your life everything changes.
If you wish to learn more about how you can become a foster parent, volunteer, sponsor, donate funds or materials for foster parents, or help please contact us at the email listed below. Every action no matter how small can help save a life.
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把一个被救助的猫和狗带回家让人激动同时也充满挑战。添加一位毛茸茸的家庭成员不是一个小的决定，因为它需要一个有责任心的主人提供给他生理和心理上的需要。 好的动物组织会通过适当的筛选，访问，教育和收养日来帮助你找到适合狗或猫。领养日是由社区组织，具有教育性和娱乐性，并且在当地商铺，公司，组织帮助下以提高人们对动物保护意识的活动。这些活动通过那些长期，国际性的知名动物福利组织如皇家防止虐待动物协会(RSPCA)及狗信托(Dogs Trust)等组织在北美，欧洲，澳洲都非常成功。狗信托(Dogs Trust)是英国最大的狗福利慈善机构，在英国有18个领养中心，每年照顾着超过16，000只狗。在狗信托(Dogs Trust)，健康的狗狗绝不会被伤害。所有的狗都会植入晶片，做绝育手术，并接种疫苗。因此领养家庭可以放心带回家的肯定是健康的一员。在中国，动物福利组织在蓬勃发展，同样也带动寄养和领养项目的迅速发展。领养日因为上海和北京的一些动物福利组织也越来越受到关注，越来越成功。 SCAA作为中国寄养和领养组织的带头人，遵守并提倡与皇家防止虐待动物协会(RSPCA)相似的国际标准。至今，它们已经收养并给了832只动物第二次机会。领养日为猫主人和狗主人创造了与他们毛茸茸的孩子第一次见面的美好瞬间，而很多时候是动物选择了它们的新家庭。这类活动让人们知道如何成为一个负责的宠物主人，以及作为个人，就算不能寄养或领养，也可以通过不同的方式为动物出自己的一份力。
尽管在成都越来越多的人开始养宠物，但是寄养和领养还是一个新的概念。通过寄养和领养能够直接拯救一条生命，也能够让像红宝石动物救助 （RAR）这样的动物福利组织去救助更多需要帮助的动物。被救助的动物能给它们的主人带来巨大的快乐，也能让它们所在的社区有所不同。当你在成都的街上看见一只挨饿，生病的动物时，你不需要觉得失望和无助，你不需要离开，你可以联系红宝石动物救助 （RAR），我们会找到合适的解决方法。我们理解，当一只狗或猫进入你的生活时，一切都会发生改变。
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