years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Jill and Dr Eddie, her own dog rescued from a Guangzhou live animal market.
Jill speaks about how real dog and cat fut is labelled as false fur.
Animals Asia's new anti-fur message card is launched.
Mr Wu gives puts on an impromptu magic show.
On 6 March 2010, over 140 Dr Dog and Professor Paws volunteers from Hong Kong joined us to celebrate their hard work at our “Meet with Jill 2010” event. The event is our annual opportunity to thank the volunteers for all their help and devotion during the past year, and for Jill Robinson, our Founder and CEO, to catch up with the teams.
This year the event was kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in recognition of the contribution of the Dr Dog team to the bank’s “Work-Life Balance Day”.
Animals Asia's staff take the opportunity to thank our volunteers for their outstanding work over the past year.
An enjoyable afternoon , dogs and people .
Winners of our lucky draw with Jill and Dr Eddie.
The wonderful In Sai Restaurant in Sai Kung hosted the event, serving up their delicious vegetarian buffet lunch to kick off the proceedings. This was followed by a welcome speech from Jill, who thanked the volunteers for all their hard work, and encouraged everyone to continue to support our efforts to improve the lives and welfare of all animals across Asia.
The best part of the This year we took the opportunity to talk about fur – how 40 million animals lose their lives each year in this hideous, unnecessary trade – including millions of dogs and cats in China. Jill passed around the dog and cat-fur blankets and trims so that people could really appreciate that what they perceive as fake is, in fact, real fur.
A great many of our volunteers were amazed by this information and wanted to help, so we provided free cards to our supporters to pass politely to people in the street who are wearing fur products – asking for everyone's help in making the next Hong Kong winter FUR FREE.
The best part of the afternoon was the opportunity for Animals Asia staff and volunteers to meet and chat in a relaxed, informal environment. The event proved to be a great success and also an unexpected opportunity to raise awareness as we attracted the attention of passers-by, many of them walking their own dogs along the Sai Kung promenade.
Last but not least, we take our hats off to our two fantastic MCs, Vincent and Esther, who flawlessly facilitated the event, and to Mr Wu who charmed all of us with a surprise magic show!
A huge thanks to all our amazing volunteers without whom Dr Dog and Professor Paws could not reach out to the Hong Kong community to the extent that they do.