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Local officials champion responsible dog ownership
PSB partners with Animals Asia in Guangzhou – 27 Jul 2012
In June 2012, a high-profile public event on “Responsible Dog Ownership” was held by the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau (PSB) in partnership with Animals Asia.
The third largest city in China, Guangzhou is infamous as the dog and cat-eating capital of the world. As the department responsible for dog management and related public education, the PSB has organised many dog-related events but this was their first event aimed specifically at children.
Police official Yin from Guangzhou PSB gives a presentation on dog registration.
Having recently attended Professor Paws classroom visits, they felt our programme was very positive for children, providing animated and lively discussion, practical information, and the chance to interact with calm, friendly dogs, and would be the perfect way to help get their message across.
The event was held at the Tianhe District Huajing Primary School where our Professor Paws and volunteers joined the PSB to host and deliver the course.
Children learn to greet and make friends with Professor Duoduo.
One of the participating PSB officers felt that many adults would also benefit from the practical tips given on subjects such as how to approach dogs and how to responsibly care for them. Promoting responsible dog care could also help reduce conflict between dog owners and non-dog owners in the city, where the number of dogs being kept by residents is increasing every year.
Our "professors" with volunteers, students and PSB officials.
Professor Paws, a school-based dog education programme, was designed to provide children with first-hand experience of dogs that they would otherwise not have, showing them how to make friends and become a responsible dog-carer and proving that dogs are our friends, not food.
Professor Paws was launched in Guangzhou in 2008 having been running in Hong Kong since 2004. In 2011, Animals Asia’s Professor Paws dogs visited 2,750 schoolchildren in 23 schools in three cities in China.
Happy students armed with certificates and a new understanding of dogs.
Our volunteer dogs and their guardians are also in great demand at the many community activities organised by Animals Asia throughout the year. As we continue our campaign to end cat and dog-eating and promote responsible animal care through our roadshows and street campaigns, we reach thousands of people in local communities, helping dog owners and non-dog owners alike to gain a better understanding of our companion animal friends.