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).
In Taiwan, Ben Ben, JoJo, Bear and 40 of their friends are charming patients and therapists in government hospitals, mental health facilities, nursing homes and disabled children's centres, under the coordination of Shirley Chen.
Academic studies in conjunction with Professor Yeh Ming Lee at the Taipei College of Nursing and supported by the National Science Council, have accurately documented and proven the incredible benefits of Dr. Dog and the programme has full government approval. New initiatives in cooperation with the Municipal Animal Shelter are giving shelter dogs a second chance and two facilities now even have their own resident Dr. Dogs that were rescued as strays!
Just this year Dr. Jo Jo was selected as the Animal Planet Ambassador for Taiwan and educational initiatives are focusing on presentations to young children about the importance of the Human-Animal bond, as well as the introduction of an animal-assisted therapy classes at two national universities.
Sadly both Ben Ben and Jo Jo have since passed away. Their memory lives on with all the other Dr. Dog ambassadors they have inspired in Taiwan.
Dr. Dog Taiwan Contact Details:
Formosan Animal Assisted Activity and Therapy Association
Coordinator: Shirley Chen
Email: [email protected] Address: 10F, No. 208, Sec. 2, Sinyi Rd., Taipei, Taiwan Post 106.