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 order to celebrate World Animal Day and the 20th Anniversary of Dr Dog, Animals Asia Foundation held "Dr Dog Walking Day" on 23 October in Poly Park 198 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, in China.
It was our sixth Dr Dog Walking Day since the programme was launched in Chengdu in 2004, and more than 130 dogs and about 200 dog-lovers joined the event.
The awards ceremony for the 2011 online photo context, "Sharing Love with Them" was also part of the event. In July, Animals Asia Foundation joined hands with Tencent, a website portal in China, to launch the nationwide photo contest, with Hong Kong superstar Karen Mok as ambassador of the event.
Over 9,600 netizens who care for animals across the country participated in the event by uploading their photos showing their happy life with their cats or dogs or leaving messages on the webpage to support the activity.
Ms Zhang, winner of the national prize"We are happy together" attended the awards ceremony with her two lovely golden retrievers, Venus and Apollo.
Ms Zhang with Venus and Apollo National Prizewinner
Jill addressed the event:
"When I first began Dr Dog in August 1991 - it was with two primary motives in mind: The first to try to reduce and end the number of dogs being abandoned on the streets, and secondly, to simply get dogs (and cats) off the menu. In a nutshell, to create a more respectful connection with this amazing species the species that has truly earned the right to call themselves our best friends.
Twenty years later we've seen over 600 dogs across seven countries in Asia leading an amazing programme that not only sees their own image enhanced, but is a leading force in integrating society together with those with disabilities and the underprivileged. Twenty years later we are seeing a miraculous growth in the animal welfare movement here in China. Today there are about 70 animal welfare groups, when previously in the mid-1980's there was one!
Today, more and more people are speaking out and simply not tolerating abusive practices towards these animals that share and save our lives. Thanks to you, our amazing volunteers in the programmes of Dr Dog and Professor Paws for giving these truly brilliant dogs their voice and for moving us closer to a life of harmony with dogs, cats and all animals in this world. Never, ever underestimate the power of what you do nothing less than a leading light in the animal welfare movement throughout Asia."
Nine Dr Dogs and two volunteers also received awards at the ceremony for their long-term service.