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).
Animals Asia Foundation
World Animal Day Report 2010
Dr Dog – Award Ceremony and concert: Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
On 17 October 2010, more than 300 people gathered in a huge shopping precinct in Guangzhou to celebrate sharing their love with dogs and cats. About 20 of our gorgeous Dr Dogs turned up with their proud families and the time flashed by with barks and laughs reverberating around the hall.
Some of the recipients of our Dr Dog animal-therapy programme arrived to entertain the audience too. Little Zhang Shu Xun, 8, who was dressed in her best tartan skirt and pink sunglasses, sang shyly to the audience, not able to see people in tears at the end of such an endearing performance, because she is blind.
On next was a group of children from the Guangzhou School for the Deaf, who “signed” their way through a beautiful song that celebrated how much they love their home and country of China. And last, but not least, a little four-year old boy with a serious bone disease, who was brought up onto the stage by his father, stood on a chair and sang lustily and happily into the microphone.
Then it was the dogs’ turn, with prizes given for every aspect of the work they do with such wide smiles and wagging tails. All Dr Dogs were bursting with happiness – bright eyes and bouncing gait – as they trotted over to the prize-givers and photographers.
Jill Robinson, Founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation, and World Animal Day Ambassador for Asia, asked that people everywhere no longer bred animals or bought from breeders, but adopted from the shelters drowning with homeless dogs and cats across China. The situation is critical and everyone must try to reduce the problem which is causing so much misery for animals who love and protect the human race, she said.
Jill spoke about several of her own rescued dogs, sharing their lovely stories. Her speech ended with our World Animal Day wish – a plea to the audience to think of the victims of this exploding industry – the dogs (and cats) who end up in misery without families to love and protect them, waiting for weeks, months or years for a home that never comes.