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Mission Statement / 理念宗旨

About Us
中文:關於我們

Who are we?

Welcome to Taichung PAWS.  We are a group of concerned people from various countries who have joined together to care for homeless animals in the Central Taiwan area.  Each of us has different motivations and ideas about homeless animals in Taiwan, but we have one thing in common:  that we all care deeply about animals.  We want to see some changes in our local society.  We hope that there will no more homeless animals in Taiwan.  We hope that more people will adopt and care for animals.  We hope that people will stop killing animals and choose TNR (trap/neuter/release) to control homeless animal populations.  We hope that the next generation of Taiwanese will be more educated about animals and that they will have concern for animals as we do.  We hope to solve the problems of homeless animals in the Taichung area through Adoption/fostering, TNR, and education.

What can you do to help us and the homeless animals in Taichung?

Adoption

If you have space in your heart and home for a pet, please choose to adopt a homeless animal as a pet.  Homeless kittens and puppies will make great pets for single people and families alike.  Pets in homes will give companionship to single people.  The pet will greet you when you come through the door and make your house into a home.  Pets in families teach children to develop responsibility towards the earth and society.  If children are given some responsibility for pets, they will develop social skills and responsible behavior.  They will also have the companionship and love that pets provide.  We have set up an adoption support network if you have any questions or need some help.  This network will also include information about where to get food, supplies and good medical care.

Rescue

If you see a homeless or injured animal and wish to take on the responsibility abandoned by other members of society, you can rescue the animal.  Although we do have so much space, we will assist anyone who wishes to rescue a homeless animal and take responsibility for that animal.  We have some volunteers who foster animals and will try to help in finding a home.  We also have some people who are willing to support the medical bills of rescued animals.  If you choose to do this, you must be willing to take responsibility for the animal.  We will help in any way we can.  We also have adoption support networks if you choose to permanently adopt the rescued animal.  Sometimes adult animals are unable to be domesticated and the TNR option should be considered.

Foster

If you have space in your heart and home for a pet, but are unable to make a permanent commitment to the animal, you can choose to temporarily foster animals.  This would mean taking care of the animal in your home, teaching the animal some basic domestic skills such as litter box or bathroom etiquette, feeding and nurturing the animal until it can be adopted, and helping to search for a permanent home for the animal.  This is a great way for students or temporary residents to help out and also have the companionship of a pet.  Small groups can also agree to share this fostering experience.

Support financially

If you don’t have space in your home to adopt or foster an animal, you can help out with monetary donations.  We need money to take care of basic medical costs, food, and supplies for our fostering program.  We also need some money for our education programs.  Although all of our members are volunteer and will not receive any financial remuneration for our time, we need to have some equipment and supplies for our fostering and education network.  A complete financial accounting of all expenses and income is available at any time.

Volunteer time

If you care about animals and believe as we do that we can make a change for the better, please spend some time with us.  There are various ways you can volunteer time.  Besides fostering animals, there are lots of things to do.  We have some education programs that will require people to go schools or organizations and talk about our program and animals in general.  We will also have some activities and meetings to exchange information and recruit new members.  If you have some time to spend helping us out, it would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteer services or skills

If you have a special skill or service that you can provide for us free of charge, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you are a veterinarian or have some special skills in training or caring for animals, you can donate some time by taking care of animals for us free of charge or set up a free clinic time for homeless animals.  We could also use some help with our website and forums by skillful people with some computer or design experience.  If you have a café or a business, you can post information regarding animal events and adoptions, and host some events in your business.  Some neighborhood businesses also help out by feeding homeless animals in your neighborhood and coordinating with our TNR program.  If you are a teacher, you can pass on some of our information to your students and their families, or help us out by going to other schools and giving short presentations about our organization.  If you have sewing or cooking skills, we could use some help with our fund-raising events in which we make pet toys and snacks to sell.  If you have a printing or publishing company, you can help out with our information distribution.  If you have a small business which makes or sells products, you can donate some profits from specific products to our programs.

Education programs

If you are interested in helping out design and implement some educational programs, please let us know.  We have had some requests for guests speakers at several different levels of education, from kindergarten to university.  We need to develop and implement some simple educational programs that give young people an introduction to various animals, teach them how to care for animals, instill some good values and responsibility towards animals, and give some hands-on experience with animals.  There are at least two different styles we would like to focus on in our educational programs.  First, we would like to have some English-language presentations and discussions.  This is a fun and useful way to use English in order to attract schools.  On the other hand, some strong Chinese-language educational program will be useful because they will give more information directly to the students.  In any case, educational programs should be fun, interesting, unique and enlightening.  If you are interested in helping us design some programs or implementing them in schools, please let us know.  If you are a teacher and would like some information to give to your class, please let us know.


English: About Us

撰文:Douglas 翻譯:Piper

歡迎來到台中市動物福利促進協會分部,我們是由一群來自不同國家的人們因為有著相同的保護台灣地區的流浪動物的理念而結合在一起。對於台灣地區的流浪動物我們每個人都有著不一樣的動機和想法,但是我們一致的觀點是:我們都深深的關心愛護動物。我們希望台灣有一天不會再有流浪動物的問題,希望能有更多的人們加入我們幫助我們收養照顧這些無家可歸動物。我們也希望透過TNC、CNR〈結紮放養計畫〉來有效控制流浪動物的數量而非慘忍不人 道的補殺。我們也希望能夠透過教育的方式,讓我們身在台灣的下一代也能夠像我們一般關心動物、了解並且保護動物;希望透過教育、結紮放養計畫以及認養、領養這些流浪動物…等方式,能夠漸漸的解決流浪動物問題。

你能怎麼幫助我們和在台中的無家可歸的動物們?

領養、收養

如果你有心又有空間養寵物,請選擇領養無家可歸的動物吧!無家可歸的小貓、小狗對單身貴族或是家庭而言,都會是很好的寵物唷!
對單身的朋友來說,寵物能陪伴著你。當你回到家時,熱切的迎接你,讓你有「家」的感覺。家庭裡有寵物能教孩子發展對地球和社會的責任。如果孩子們對寵物付出一點責任,他們將發展社交技巧和負責任的行為。同時,他們也能擁有寵物所給予的陪伴及愛。
如果你有任何疑問或是需要一些幫助,我們已經成立了一個認養網絡。包含了一些像是去哪裡買食物、補給品用品,還有好的醫療照顧等資訊。

救援

如果你看到一支無家可歸或是受傷的動物,而且希望可以承擔起牠被社會上其他成員拋棄的責任,你可以救助動物。
然而我們有很多空間,我們將協助任何希望救助無家可歸的動物,或是替牠負起照顧責任的人。
我們有一些專門中途照顧動物並試著幫牠們找個新家的志工。也有願意支助救援動物所需醫療費用的人。但假如你選擇這麼做,你必須願意為動物負起責任。我們會竭盡所能的幫助你。如果你選擇收養被救出的動物,我們也有收養支援網路幫助你。但有時候,成年的動物不能被管教馴養,就應該考慮TNR這項選擇。

中途養育

如果你有心和空間養寵物,但是不能對牠做出永久照顧牠的承諾,你可以選擇暫時性的中途養育。意思是,你可以在家照顧動物,教導牠們一些基本的家居技能,像是廁所禮儀,餵養和教養培育動物直到牠被領養。還有,幫助中途動物們找到一個永遠的家。這是一個很棒的方法讓學生或者暫時的居民可以幫忙又可以有寵物的友誼交誼。小團體也是可以一起來體驗短程養育的經驗的。

經濟資助

如果你的家沒有多餘的空間來領養或是中途養育動物,你還是可以用捐款的方式來幫助無家可歸的動物。我們需要金錢來處理中途養育計畫所需之基本醫療費用、食物、用品。教育課程方面也需要一些金錢資助。雖然我們全都是不收取任何經濟上酬金的志工,但對於我們的中途養育還有教育網路,需要有一些設備和用品。一份有所有花費及收入的完整帳目單是隨時可得的。帳目款項都清清楚楚。

志工時間

如果你關心動物並和我們一樣相信我們所做的改變會是更好的,請花些時間加入我們。有各式各樣的方式可以發揮你的愛心來做義工。除了中途養育動物外,還有很多的事情可以做唷!一般而言,我們有些教育課程計畫需要一些人到學校或是團體機構去和他們聊聊我們的計畫跟動物。我們也還會有一些活動和交流資訊的會議,還有,新成員的招募活動。
若你有時間來幫助我們,我們會非常地感激。

志願服務或技術

假如你能提供我們免費的特別技術或服務,我們會非常地感激。你如果是個獸醫,或是有一些可以訓練或照顧動物的特別技術。你可以貢獻一些時間來免費幫我們照顧動物或是免費來幫流浪動物義診。我們也需要一些對電腦或有設計經驗的達人來幫忙維護我們的網站和論壇。
若是你有一間咖啡廳或其他生意,你可以在你的店裡刊登有關動物的事件或是領養的資訊等。也可以在你的店裡主辦一些活動。鄰里間也可以幫助餵養無家可歸的動物及跟我們的TNR(誘捕、結紮、放養)合作。
你如果是個老師,你可以傳遞一些我們的資料給你的學生和他們的家人。或藉由去其他的學校提供關於我們這團體的簡短發表來幫助我們。
你若是有縫紉或是烹飪技術,可以幫助我們在募款活動時做一些寵物玩具和點心來義賣。
如果你是印刷或是出版公司,可以在資訊消息散佈方面幫助我們。
若是你是從事製造或販賣商品的小生意,你可以從特定商品中捐助一些收益給我們的計畫。

教育課程

倘若你對幫助設計和推行一些教育課程感興趣的話,請讓我們知道。我們已經有一些來自不同教育程度,從幼稚園到大學,要求客座演講。我們需要發展和推行一些簡單的教育課程來對年輕人做介紹。教導他們如何照顧動物,逐漸灌輸他們一些好的價值觀和對動物的責任。並且給他們親自照顧動物的體驗。
我們想要在我們的教育計畫中把重心集中在至少兩種不同的形式。首先,我們想要有一些英文的發表和討論。用英文來吸引學校,這是一個很有趣又有用的方法。
另一方面,一些有力的中文教育課程是有用的。因為它能最直接的給學生資訊。

無論如何,教育課程都應該是愉快的、有趣的、獨特的,和啟發性。
假如你對幫助我們設計一些課程或是在學校中實行這些課程感興趣的話,也請讓我們知道。