让「流浪狗」来当「球童」:巴西网球公开赛呼吁【领养代替购买】


「宠物永远是人类最好的朋友」,于2016年在巴西圣保罗所举办的ATP 第三层级网球公开赛,跟以往大不相同。当天球场上来了四只可爱的狗宝贝,它们分别戴上橘色领巾与脚环,以「球童」的身分协助参赛选手捡球以及递球。


A dog picks up a tennis ball during the Brazil Open tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Feb. 25, 2016. The dog was one of four trained animals that engaged onlookers Thursday night by picking up balls that went out of bounds. Not long ago, the same dogs had run abandoned in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals. (AP Photo/Leandro Martins)

主办单位找来当地动物收容中心合作,以「领养代替购买」作为宣导概念,在训练员的细心教导下,让它们参与比赛。过程中,流浪狗不仅能适应球场环境与欢呼掌声,更能重拾自信,勇敢接近人群。活动发起人Marli Scaramella 也开心说道:「只要把动物喂饱、照顾好,就是一件幸福的事!」


Portugal’s Gastao Elias receives a ball from a dog during the Brazil Open tennis tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. Four trained shelter dogs that once roamed the streets of Sao Paulo found themselves center stage at the ATP 250 Brazil Open tournament. The unusual initiative was made to promote the adoption of abandoned street animals. (AP Photo/Leandro Martins)

目前巴西收容中心仍有超过一千只流浪狗,正等待着好心人士前来领养。藉由这次充满意义的合作方式,也呼吁大众更加重视流浪宠物的相关议题。