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Can I come home with you?
我們一起回家好嗎?

Three volunteers hold puppies available for adoption in Hualien on Nov 3.
三名志工十一月三日在花蓮抱著可供民眾認養的三隻毛小孩。

Photo: Wang Feng-chih, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者王峻祺

“Can we come home with you?” Two pet stores in Hualien County have established a “loving adoption inn” to offer a temporary warm place to stay for furry friends that are looking for homes. In October they successfully found new owners for five little dogs. At the same time, they are promoting the idea of “adopt, don’t buy,” which has received praise from dog lovers, who all say that the shop really gives a lot of love.

Many years ago, husband and wife Yang Yao-tung and Chen Ying-ying, who have two franchise pet stores, started to offer free food to volunteer groups for stray dogs in Hualien, hoping to lessen their burden of caring for the furry friends. This year they have turned the shop located in Jian Township into a loving adoption center and joined the ranks of strays’ halfway houses by making room for adoptions, completely dedicated to helping the little creatures find a new home.

The husband-and-wife team were sad to see that dogs could only rely on halfway houses and volunteer groups and just wait to be adopted. They were even more worried that the little tykes have to undergo the terrifying countdown of 12 days until they are euthanized. So they decided to establish an adoption center and proactively promote it, hoping that the public would give warm loving homes to the pooches.

The Hualien Animal and Plant Disease Control Center says that members of the public who are 20 years and over only need to bring their ID cards to be able to adopt an animal from a halfway house or loving adoption center. They can enjoy free care such as animal registrations, this year’s rabies shot and seven-in-one immunization shots, deworming and spaying or neutering.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Clare Lear)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. pet n.

寵物 (chong3 wu4 )

例: Everyone should learn how to look after pets properly.

(每個人都該學習如何妥善的照顧寵物。)

2. countdown n.

倒數 (dao4 shu3)

例: The New Year’s Eve countdown in New York is famous.

(紐約的跨年倒數是相當有名的。)

3. adopt v.

認養 (ren4 yang3)

例: Many people in the West adopted unwanted baby girls from China.

(許多西方人認養被人遺棄的中國女嬰。)


「我們一起回家好嗎?」花蓮縣有兩家寵物店日前成立「愛心認養小棧」,暫時提供「找家」的毛小孩有個溫暖居住地,十月份已成功幫助五隻小狗找到新主人,並同步推動「認養代替購買」概念,獲得愛狗人士肯定,直呼「店家實在超有愛心的啦!」

擁有兩家連鎖寵物店的夫妻檔楊耀東及陳縈縈,多年前就開始免費提供飼料給花蓮流浪犬志工團體,期望減輕餵養毛小孩的負擔;今年則將位在吉安鄉的門市改成「愛心認養小棧」,加入流浪犬中途之家行列,規劃一個認養空間,全心投入幫助毛小孩「找新家」。

夫妻倆不捨流浪犬僅靠中途之家及志工團體等待民眾認養,更擔心狗兒要經歷生命倒數十二日的恐懼,決定成立認養小棧,主動出擊宣導,期望民眾能先讓可愛毛小孩有個溫暖的家。

花蓮縣動植物防疫所指出,年滿二十歲民眾,只要攜帶身分證件即可前往愛心認養小棧及流浪犬中途之家認養毛小孩,並免費享有寵物登記、當年度狂犬病疫苗、第一劑七合一疫苗、驅蟲及絕育等照護。

(自由時報記者王峻祺)

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