Cover Story - Here Are Your Lifetime Buddies

Meet the Pets of SPCA Staff

It’s no secret that loving animals is a key criteria to being part of the SPCA family. Every staff member is determined to devote their time and effort to help sick, injured or homeless animals at the SPCA. So, what about their pets at home? We have interviewed every staff member at the SPCA about the number of pets they have kept. Some of the findings are quite surprising!

 

 

And did we mention that our office is pet friendly?

Having our pets around in the workplace surely lifts our productivity!

Every animal deserves to be loved. That’s the reason why more than half of our staff members decided to keep pets at home and share their love with less fortunate animals at the same time. As the SPCA has been educating the public about responsible pet ownership over the years, all our staff understand that keeping a pet is a lifelong commitment that takes time and effort to ensure the welfare of animal under our care. That is the reason why some of our staff members decided not to keep a pet, taking into consideration their lifestyle, time available to care for an animal, or housing issues, etc.

Some staff members were heartbroken after the passing of their pets. They become hesitant about keeping a pet again. Some met animals who touched their hearts and decided to give them a forever home. Our staff members choose to show their love to animals in need by putting their effort into their own field of expertise to support the work of the SPCA.

 

Why do we love our pets so much?

It’s no doubt that pets bring so much joy and laughter. They are always loyal to us (especially when we have food in our hands) and stay with us through the ups and downs in life. It’s no surprise that over 200 thousand households are keeping pets in Hong Kong. But other than having a furry buddy to cuddle, why do many pet owners find having a pet so fulfilling? We talk to some of our fellow staff to learn more:

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"My dog keeps me fit."

Many dog owners can relate this – dogs can definitely keep you fit, even if you only have time to be in charge of one of their walks a day. On those days where you don’t feel like exercising, just take a look at your dog who is standing next to the door – you wouldn’t want to let your beloved furkid down, would you?

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"My cockatiel sings to me every day!"

We all know that modern life is often full of stress, so it’s nice to have a pet to come home to. It doesn’t matter whether you are petting your furry friends, or simply listening to your bird singing… all these can help reduce your stress level and make you less anxious in life. Previous scientific studies have proven that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. It is less likely for pet owners to suffer from health problems later in their lives.

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"We talk about our pets a lot in the family, and sometimes to our friends and even chat with neighbours when we walk our dogs."

Icebreaking and making small talk are no longer hard once you have a pet! Just talk about the anecdotes of your pets and how you take care of them. If your new friend also keeps a pet, you automatically have something in common that can help foster a new friendship.

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"We were heartbroken when our previous cat passed away; the arrival of our newly, adopted cat really lightened us up."

Some studies have shown that mental illnesses such as depression are less likely to develop as pets provide companionship and emotional support for you. Whenever you are feeling upset or depressed, your pets are always with you and you can feel loved.

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"My pet keeps me busy and every cuddle and snuggle comforts me a lot."

Pets are great companions – they will always be waiting for you to come home and they will be happy to lend an ear should you want to moan about the awful day you’ve had. Plus, most of the time, they’re up for a snuggle on the sofa. They care about you no matter who you are or what you’ve done – you will always matter to them.

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"They teach my kid responsibility and how to take care of others."

Through taking care of the pets, kids (and adult) understand the responsibility they have to take, as well as acquire different skills in life. Not only will they learn the practical skills to take care of a pet, they will also develop their nurturing and empathy skills, which are vital in life. Keeping pets is also an important part in human education where kids can learn about the value of life.

Keeping pets is a life-long commitment and to take care of our pets properly, it takes a lot of discipline and time, but that’s part of what makes our relationships with our pets so rewarding. The hard work we put in shows up in a healthy physical, mental, and social state, and creates a loving emotional bond to our pets.

Sources:
https://www.animalfriends.co.uk/blog/10-benefits-of-owning-a-pet/ https://www.lifehack.org/879382/benefits-of-having-a-pet