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 24 March 2012, five of Animals Asia’s Dr Dogs were invited as honored guests to attend the “Hong Kong Autism Symposium 2012” held at the Hong Kong Institute of Education in Hong Kong .
Dr Pat Fung, senior teaching fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Education gave a presentation to an audience of 100 about how therapy dogs can help autistic children.
From July 2009 to May 2010 Dr Fung conducted research on the role of therapy dogs in motivating social interaction for children with autism, using our Dr Dogs and scheduled therapy sessions for her doctorate study. Click here to read more about the study.
Animals Asia’s Dr Dogs, guardians, volunteers and Dr Pat Fung at the symposium.
Dr Dog Donna and her guardian Pinky, support Dr Fung by providing real-life examples of dog body language.
Dr Dog Willy and his guardian KK demonstrate how they apply their “ball playing skills” to therapy sessions.
Dr Dogs Kelly and Masie working their magic at the symposium.
Dr Fung emphasised the importance of choosing good collaborative partners that have strict protocols in place to protect both people and animals. In support of this, our Dr Dog team later explained and demonstrated to the audience the criteria we look for in a Dr Dog examination and the behaviour we expect from our therapy dogs.
A quiz on reading dogs’ body language was also on the day’s schedule and provided interesting and engaging information for the audience.