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).
The Animals Asia Foundation Dog Devotion Awards 2007 were held at Citiwalk, Tsuen Wan, on 28th February 2008.
These awards pay tribute to the achievement of outstanding dogs within the Hong Kong community, giving public recognition to dogs who have shown courage and given comfort to help people in need. A total of 72 dogs were given awards at the ceremony in February.
This year saw our very own Dr Dogs and Professor Paws being honoured, alongside police, customs, correctional service and fire service dogs. Among the award recipients were Dr Bianca and Dr P Chai, who both received the Diamond Award for accumulating more than 60 visits to the various organisations benefiting from both the Dr Dog and Professor Paws programme, which brings animal therapy to many people in need of help.
Sasha, a fire service dog and a newcomer to the awards, was recognised for her outstanding service over the past year. Trained in the UK, Sasha lives with SStnO Chum Tai-Kong, her handler and carer and together they investigate post-fire scenes, working in adverse conditions including darkness, uneven surfaces and heights. Sasha also participates in Fire Protection Awareness public events where she has the opportunity to interact with the public and help raise fire safety awareness.
Dr Remy, a 12 year old golden retriever who was originally obtained from the SPCA by her guardian Angela Lam, suffered cancer four years ago, but survived surgery and chemotherapy and continues to work tirelessly in our Dr Dog and Professor Paws programmes today. Remy was awarded the Dr Ocha Memorial Award , which is given to those therapy dogs who have overcome disabilities and shown exceptional endurance in continuing to help people in need.
This year, Professors Cookie, Judy, and Shogun received “Outstanding Professor Paws” awards. All three have been extremely supportive of the Professor Paws programme since it was first instigated in 2004.
Young "cadet" graduates from Ma On Shan Ling Liang School sing "The Pet Cadet Song" while Prof Charlie and Prof Bailey take centre stage.
Developed by our former Education Director Anneleise Smillie, Professor Paws is a unique educational programme aimed at primary school P4-6 children, where our Professors, their guardians, and Animals Asia teaching staff and volunteers, teach the children how to love and respect animals as a part of the English learning curriculum. The children graduate as Pet Cadets on completion of the four lesson programme. Indeed one of the highlights of the day was the performance of the Pet Cadet Song by Pet Cadets from the Ma On Shan Ling Liang school.
Last but not least, we would like to sincerely thank Mr Jerry Lam for his generous support, (and for being our MC for the day), our honourable guests, generous supporters, and of course – all of the dogs and their guardians who made the day so successful, and who work so hard to bring joy and love to so many people all year round.
Sasha, a fire service dog is recognised for her outstanding public service.
Professor Cookie and Professor Judy: "Outstanding Prof. Paws"
Dr. Remy: "Dr. Ocha Memorial Award" - ably assisted by her guardian Angela Lam and our Honourary Director, Gigi Fu Ming Hin.