Putting Animal Safety First – The Dream of an Animal Rescue Inspector Trainee

Everyone has a dream. Some dream of travelling around the globe; some want to change the world. For passionate animal lover Bevis, his biggest dream since childhood was to be an Animal Rescue Inspector for the SPCA. And unlike a lot of people, his dream did come true.

Last September, he joined the SPCA, working in his dream job as an Animal Rescue Inspector Trainee rescuing animals in danger.

"As a child, I always hoped that I would get this job when I grew up," said Bevis. When he was a little kid, going to yum cha with his parents was a regular family outing. Whenever he got bored at the dining table, he would flip through the newspaper to entertain himself. One day he stumbled upon an inspiring article that would change his life.

The article was an interview with an Animal Rescue Inspector from the SPCA. Bevis was so touched by the work of the inspector that he decided he would become one himself when he grew up. "I am still very impressed by the article. Being an animal inspector can bring so much meaning to one's life."

After completing a university degree course in Chinese Language, Bevis did not pursue a career related to what he studied. Instead, he went into animal care. Before joining the SPCA, he had worked in various roles, including a veterinary nurse and an animal caretaker at a local theme park.

Speaking of his new job, Bevis said: "Being an inspector is much more challenging than I had imagined. It demands a lot of physical strength as we often need to go to remote places to rescue animals trapped tightly in narrow catchments and manholes."

But the most arduous part of the job, according to Bevis, is to handle wildlife rescue cases - an area he had little experience in when he first started - and the long-distance driving that comes with such tasks.

Seeing animals get injured, fall sick or even die is part of Bevis' job as an inspector. He is a man with a "strong heart", but still he finds it painful to face such heartbreaking situations.

"In my last rescue operation, a sheep was dumped upside down into a trash bin and got seriously injured. At the moment I rescued it, I saw tears coming out of its eyes. While I drove it back to the SPCA, I felt very sad and anxious. I wanted to take it to the vet as soon as possible."

The reason why Bevis became an animal inspector was straightforward: to help animals in danger using his abilities and skills. "Every time I complete a rescue mission, I feel very gratified. Recently, someone whose animal has been helped by me shared his experience on social media and praised me. I was very happy because people recognise my work and see the meaning of it."

As a newbie in animal rescue, Bevis said he is still "learning by doing" every day, and he has promised himself to keep his passion alive and stay committed to saving animals in need.

Inspector's Daily Routine

Founded in 1937, the SPCA Inspectorate is Asia's oldest Inspectorate, exclusively dedicated to the investigation of animal cruelty and the protection of animal welfare. Our inspectors strive to protect animals and prevent cruelty and unnecessary suffering by proactively initiating rescues, inspections, educational programmes, investigations and subsequent prosecutions.

Let's follow Bevis for a day and learn about his work as a new inspector.

#Study and Learn

1

Study the characteristics of different types of animals to get a general idea of the safest ways to rescue animals.

2

Learn about animal laws in Hong Kong.

3

A Senior Inspector passes on his experience and knowledge to Bevis.

#Daily Preparations

1

The SPCA rescue vehicle is said to be an inspector's best partner. Inspectors check the vehicle every week to ensure it functions properly.

2

Organise the supplies and tools on the van to ensure the team has what it needs to rescue an animal.

3

The animal cage must be cleaned after every rescue operation.

4

New inspectors need to receive different types of rescue training. Regular roping and abseiling practice equip them with the skills to carry out rescue work at high altitude.

#Memorable Cases

Bevis saved a dog that was trapped inside a manhole.

The naughty dog jumped onto a roof and was fortunately rescued by Bevis, uninjured

Bevis encounters different animals on a daily basis. His experience working as a veterinarian nurse comes in handy.

In his very first mission, a patient and calm Bevis saved a cat sitting precariously on a windowsill outside an apartment. He couldn't breathe a sigh of relief until he put the cat in a cage safely.