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).
October 2011: As support for animal welfare continues to grow rapidly in China, Animals Asia Foundation launched our largest number of events yet, in celebration of World Animal Day 2011.
Events were held in seven cities including Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Beijing, Dalian, Xi'an and Hong Kong.
Chengdu, Sichuan Province
This year is also the 20th anniversary of our Dr Dog animal-therapy programme, founded in Hong Kong by Jill Robinson in 1991. To celebrate this amazing anniversary, we held our "Dr Dog Walking Day" in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, where our China Bear Rescue Center is located, with 130 dogs and some 200 human companions joining the event on 23 October.
Shenzhen, Guangdong Province
Shenzhen's World Animal Day cerebration was held on 30 October. During the event, Dr Badi received special recognition as a "Veteran Dr Dog" having joined the programme in 2008. Badi's carer, Mr. Zhang, said he was proud of his golden retriever and that each time he carried out his Dr Dog mission, Badi grew happier and more confident.
Veteran Dr Badi.
Shenzhen Nanshan Kindergarten added a highlight to the ceremony, with a 12-strong team of kindergarten pupils performing their own "Bunny Dance".
Shenzhen Nanshan Kindergarten "bunnies".
Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
On 6 November, our World Animal Day ceremony was held in Guangzhou with 20 of our gorgeous Dr. Dogs, 90 special need children (all of them recipients of our programme) and their parents, and in all, some 300 people joined the event.
Nine local winners of our "Sharing Love with Them" World Animal Day online photo contest took part in the awards ceremony. One of the award-winners was Ms.Chou, whose photo of herself with her cat Sisi, who was originally a stray, taken just ten days before Ms Chou's baby was born, gained many supporters on the internet. Ms Chou sent a strong message to mothers-to-be that raising cats and dogs could bring a family more happiness. Her baby is now living with nine cats and one dog who "are his brothers and sisters."
Photo contest winner Ms Chou and baby.
Roadshow / Photo exhibition
Throughout November, the Cat and Dog Welfare Team, China are on the road with a travelling exhibition of 120 photos, showing the relationship between companion animals and their carers, all participants in our nationwide photo competition "Sharing love with them". Click here to see some of the winning photos.
On 15 October around 300 people from different communities in Hong Kong, ranging from preschoolers to seniors, and 70 of our Dr Dogs, gathered to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dr Dog in conjunction with World Animal Day and our annual Dog Devotion Awards. Read the full story here.
A huge thank you goes out to all of our wonderful Dr Dogs, their supportive and generous carers, our volunteers and teams in China and Hong Kong for some great events. These events not only celebrate animals and recognise their contributions to our lives, but also help to raise awareness and interest in animal welfare, helping to improve the lives of all animals.