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).
Born as strays or abandoned as pets, millions of dogs and cats around China live in constant fear, hunger and thirst on the streets. They are dirty, covered in fleas, and some have horrible diseases. They are scorned by many in the community.
Those that survive face even greater terrors – being snatched by traders for sale to the live meat markets or being bludgeoned to death during an official cull.
Those that are targeted by the traders are crammed together in small cages, with no food or water, and transported for days across the country, cages piled one on top of the other.
At the markets, they are tossed to the ground still in the cages, dragged out with tongs, and thrown into bleak concrete and metal pens with other dogs or cats to await their fate – systematic slaughter by stabbing, beating or hanging, often with other animals looking on.
Sometimes all it takes is for someone to care. We are working with almost 100 home-grown animal welfare groups around China to end this terrible trade and to help stop the abuse of dogs and cats living on the streets.
We share best practices on disease-control and neutering with government officials and vets to show that there is a better, more humane way to control stray-dog and cat populations.
We organise companion-animal symposiums for officials and welfare groups so they can work together to benefit dogs and cats.
We show local groups how to conduct trap, neuter, release programmes in their communities.
We run animal-therapy programmes in three mainland Chinese cities. In 2011, our registered therapy dogs visited over 8,700 people in homes for the elderly and disabled, orphanages and schools.
We need your support to continue this vital work. Every donation, no matter how small, can help a lot in China.