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Over 100 dogs, including 30 therapy dogs, gathered at Victoria Peak this morning alongside an array of dog-lovers, to walk for harmony between humans and animals. The walk started at Lugard Road on the Peak at 10am, and followed the Hong Kong Trail.
The annual event raises funds for Animals Asia’s animal therapy programmes that see “Dr Dogs” visiting hospitals, homes for the elderly, disabled centres and orphanages, and “Professor Paws” dogs taking on the role of teachers, inspiring school children to love and respect animals.
Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, pioneered the concept of animal therapy in Hong Kong back in 1991. Dr Dog has been operating now for 20 years, and today sees over 350 “dog doctors” visiting hospitals, homes for the elderly, disabled centres and orphanages across Hong Kong, and mainland China. The Dr Dog programme has also been introduced to Taiwan, the Philippines, India, Japan and Malaysia, with Animals Asia offering local animal-welfare groups training and advice.
Professor Paws has been operating in Hong Kong schools since 2004 and a Chinese-language version operates in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu in China.
Dr Jill Robinson MBE, founder and CEO, Animals Asia, commented:
“When I first arrived in Hong Kong in the mid-1980s, dogs were feared by many people, considering the threat of rabies and disease prevalent just next door in mainland China. Pedigree dogs were bred indiscriminately and then thrown away on the streets to starve when people became tired of their new designer ‘toys’.”
“Since then, the positive changes in attitude towards companion animals has been very encouraging. Today, hospitals, orphanages, disabled centres and homes for the elderly, and visually or hearing impaired, are often on a waiting list for visits by animals that have truly earned the title of man's best friend.”