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170 kids from Tin Shui Wai enjoy a fun-packed day of canine capers
After weeks of preparation, on Saturday 21 February an army of Animals Asia staff and volunteers, including 20 canine Professor Paws, descended on Lok Sin Tong Leung Kau Kui Primary School in Tin Shui Wai in Hong Kong’s rural New Territories. The reason? To turn 170 eager Year 3-6 students from local schools and charitable children's organisations into Pet Cadets, with a day of fun-filled learning about caring for animals.
The children came from Lok Sin Tong Leung Kau Kui Primary School, Cumberland Presbyterian Church Ya Dao Primary School, and Hong Kong Christian Services, all based in Tin Shui Wai.
The day began with the children being registered, and allocated into one of 10 animal groups, which included dog, cat, moon bear, goldfish, shark, elephant, tiger, mouse, frog, and rabbit. The children then spent time in their groups, alternating between a lesson in Cantonese with their canine professors where they learned about dogs and how to care for them and love them, and a fun lesson in English, where they learned the "Pet Cadet Song", and had a wonderful time colouring in pictures of their animal group for the colouring competition later in the day.
After lessons and lunch, kids, volunteers and staff alike were treated to a demonstration by "Loy", a German shepherd dog who works for the Hong Kong Police Dog Unit, out on the school basketball court. Fortunately the rain held off, and everyone was enthralled by the majesty, skill and obedience demonstrated by this dog with a very special job.
The day was rounded off in the school hall, where all the children gathered. Prizes were given out to those children who could answer questions on what they had learned about looking after dogs and respecting animals. The colouring competition was judged by Animals Asia staff Chelsea Tsuchiya and Mark Jones, with one half of the children just edging past the other half with a multi-coloured striped tiger! The children then sang the "Pet Cadet Song" they had learned earlier, with enthusiastic leadership by the day's teaching volunteers from the stage, and the other half of the children won the singing competition, so everyone went home with a prize!
Our staff and volunteer teachers lead the singing of the Pet Cadet Song.
The day finished with all the children reciting the "Pet Cadet Promise", hand on heart, promising to love and respect all animals.
All in all, the weeks of preparation, worry and hair-pulling paid off, and everyone – children, adults and canines alike, had a wonderful day. Huge thanks go to all of our volunteers, staff and the host school. And best of all, 170 more Hong Kong kids had the opportunity to learn how wonderful animals are, and how important it is that we love and respect them all!
Professor Mui Mui enthrals his pupils, who just can’t get enough of him!
Hong Kong Police dog Loy demonstrates his skills to the students.
Children proudly display the results of their colouring-in efforts.
The Pet Cadets make a solemn promise to respect all animals.