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Hong Kong dogs receive recognition for public service at Dog Devotion Awards
Public in “safe paws” with police, correctional service, food & health, AFCD and fire service dogs rewarded for excellence
Hong Kong dogs have today been recognised at Animals Asia’s Dog Devotion Awards. The awards give public recognition to the achievement of outstanding dogs within the Hong Kong community, who have shown courage and given comfort to help people in need.
Award categories include outstanding service dogs from Hong Kong government departments such as the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), the Correctional Service, the Fire Service, the Food & Health Department and the Police Dog Team.
The awards also mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s first animal therapy programme, Animals Asia’s Doctor Dog. This programme sees animal-therapy Dr Dogs visiting hospitals, homes for the elderly, disabled centres and orphanages. The Professor Paws programme sees dogs take on the role of teachers, inspiring school children to love and respect animals. Awards were also given to Animals Asia’s Dr Dog and Professor Paws dogs.
The results were announced for Animals Asia’s World Animal Day China/Hong Kong photography competition and there was a performance of the Animals Asia Pet Cadet song by children from Ma On Shan School. The awards were held at Sky Dome Atrium, Discovery Park Shopping Centre, 398 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories.
Two of the dog’s stories are detailed below:
Monchu - AFCD Monchu, a beautiful 12 year old golden retriever, has been working at Kowloon Animal Management Centre for five years. Her former owner surrendered her to the AFCD as he had to move to a public housing estate. Mr. Chung Tat Ming, Matthew, a Field Officer II at AFCD has cared for Monchu since then.
Her duties include acting as a security guard to watch over the kennel, working as an examiner in Exemption Examination for Large Dogs, being an ambassador to assist Matthew in visiting other abandoned dogs (her presence reduces their stress so that body checks can be conducted more easily), and working undercover in decoy operations.
In one operation to investigate an illegal animal boarding establishment in Sai Kung, Monchu acted as a pet dog to check in at the establishment. Monchu gained the trust of the establishment’s owner, who was eventually prosecuted.
Loulou – Doctor Dog and Professor Paws Loulou is an 18 year old Dalmatian that has been almost blind and very deaf all her life and whose teeth have never grown to be more then a few flat stumps. Four years ago a doctor took out both of her eyes and replaced them with fake ones.
Despite her disabilities, Loulou is an active Doctor Dog and Professor Paws, visiting children with disabilities, hospitals, elderly homes, schools, day care centers and putting smiles on everyone’s faces.