Animals Are Not Alone in Looking for a Forever Home

When you visit our adoption centres, you might have noticed staff wearing blue uniforms. They are the Homing Assistants, who take care of the animals patiently, making the journey of finding a forever home easier.

 

Homing assistants usually arrive at the centres a few hours before they open. The reason is simple – they have to tidy up the mess caused by animals every morning, as they sometimes turn the centres into a “battlefield”. Some dogs knock over their feeding bowls and spill water all over the place while, believe it or not, some artistic furkids use their faeces to draw on the wall. Our feline friends often knock over their litter boxes – perhaps trying to create a private beach for themselves. Even though the Homing Assistants are used to cleaning up the mess every morning, they can’t help but wonder: “Are they throwing a party every night, just like those in the cartoons?”

You Can Change an Animal’s World

When asked about why they become Homing Assistants, one of the staff explained: “I like animals very much but pets are not allowed at where I live. So, I try my best to help these animals find their forever homes. When I was small, I read an article which said: ‘Even if you have saved an animal, the world won’t change. But the life of the animal is changed because of you.’ This was so inspirational. I hope to have a good impact on the animals and their future pawrents’ lives!” This is why, in addition to their regular duties, Homing Assistants are often found spending time with the animals, petting them, and cheering them up while they wait patiently for their forever homes.

Always Hope

Homing Assistants also worry about the animals’ future, particularly when they look after animals who are old, sick or disabled, as they have a smaller chance of being adopted.

But there is always hope. One staff member shared the stories of Miracle the three-legged mongrel and Nana the mongrel who spent three years waiting at the centre. When they finally met their pawrents and were ready to go home, many staff were there to take photos and give them snacks and toys they have purchased specially for them. It was a very touching moment filled with blessings.

 

The Hard Work of the Staff

The most important and challenging part of the job is to match suitable adopters with the right animals, so they fit into each other’s lifestyle. Apart from the living conditions of the adopters, such as permission to keep pets by landlords, animal welfare is the top priority in pairing the animals with adopters. One of the staff members said: “If you pair a shy, timid cat with a loud, large family, it will definitely scare the cat. The same applies to pairing an energetic dog with a busy family – it just doesn’t make any sense.”

This can sometimes cause disappointment to potential pawrents. However, the Homing Assistants do their best to explain the situation to the applicants. “In fact, we want the animals to be adopted more than anyone else, since we treat the animals like our own children,” said one staff member. “Nevertheless, there are cases when animals are returned to the centres. It is truly depressing to see the animals so upset, and some even develop behavioural problems.”

 

Animals Have the Right to be Happy

Many animals waiting at the centres are traumatised because they have experienced unhappy lives before being rescued. They may have been strays, injured by traps, been in a traffic accident, abused, or even been abandoned. There is a story behind every animal at the centres. But they wait patiently for a second chance at love, hoping they will meet their pawrents one day.

“We wish people will consider adoption instead of buying animals,” said all our Homing Assistants. “They are more than just pets. They are humans’ best companions, and have just as much right to happiness as us. We will do our best to look after all homeless animals until they have found their loving, forever homes.”

This is a solemn promise the Homing Assistants make to the homeless animals. No matter how much animals have suffered in the past, they still have the right to be loved in the future.