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).
On Saturday, 25 April Animals Asia and Professor Paws hosted the second Professor Paws Educational Fun Day so far this year, with around 70 children, 40 volunteers and 20 “Professors”.
The event was held at Po Leung Kuk Chee Jing Yin Primary School in Shatin, which Professor Paws visits regularly for weekly lessons with the Year 4 students.
Unfortunately, one group of kids from the Ma On Shan Integrated Services Department couldn’t make it because of the tremendous downpour on Saturday morning, but fortunately for us, the rain started to let up just as the other children began to arrive by the bus load! The children, from the Po Lueng Kuk host school and Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School, and all of the volunteers and professors arrived on schedule, excited and ready for the fun day ahead.
Everyone was given a special Professor Paws t-shirt and assigned their Animal Group for the day (Dog, Cat, Moon Bear, Shark and Frog). The groups were mixed, with children from both schools in each, giving them a unique opportunity to meet new friends in their area.
All of the children were taught what it means to be a special Professor Paws “Pet Cadet”. A good Pet Cadet learns to love and care for all animals, teaches others to be kind to animals and helps build a better world for animals. The volunteers worked with the “Pet Cadets” to teach them about pet care, compassion for animals and how to safely approach dogs. The children also learned to sing and dance to the Pet Cadet Song and had a great time preparing for the drawing and colouring competition.
But as always, the highlight of the day was the opportunity to work with and meet a Professor Paws. Each child learned how to brush, walk and feed their professor while also learning how to safely meet and greet dogs. By the end of the lesson not only were the children comfortable with all of their newly-acquired dog handling skills but they were also thoroughly enjoying spoiling their professor with hugs and kisses!
Prof Bay Bay proves his popularity, surrounded by adoring fans.
After the classroom sessions the Pet Cadets were treated to a special demonstration from the Hong Kong Kennel Club Dog Lovers Group. Dogs Grace and Joyce demonstrated impeccable obedience skills and then as an extra special treat they demonstrated just how powerful their noses are by searching for hidden coins! It was such a treat to have Grace and Joyce join us on this Fun Day and we know that everyone was thoroughly impressed by their demonstration.
The day concluded with the Pet Cadets' Group Singing Competition and the judging of the best drawings by our Animal Welfare Director, Mark Jones and Professor Paws Co-ordinator, Jasmine Nunns. Prizes were given out to the winners of all the competitions and everyone went home with a treat!
Pet Cadets answering special Professor Paws Q&A for prizes.
Pet Cadets performing the Pet Cadet Song.
Before leaving, the newly-graduated Pet Cadets stood together with the volunteers and made a pledge to love all animals, to teach others to be kind to animals and to help build a better world for animals. It is always a special Professor Paws moment to see a new Pet Cadet realise that they too can lend a hand to make this world a better place.
Is everybody paying attention? Prof Willy checks up as a cadet practices dog safety.
A cadet offers his hand for Prof Dor Dor's approval.
Prof Lucky relaxes as his cadet group take turns at grooming.
Hong Kong Kennel Club Dog Lovers Group: Joyce and Grace demonstrate their skills.