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Dr Dogs pose as Santa Paws for annual hospital party
Duchess of Kent Hospital for children hosts parade and party
Eleven of our lovely Dr Dogs dressed as Santa Paws to attend a Christmas party at the Duchess of Kent Hospital on Christmas Day 2008.
The hospital is a renowned centre for the treatment of paediatric orthopaedic problems such as scoliosis and spinal deformities, as well as providing treatment for children with neurological developmental disorders including cerebral palsy. It is also the hospital where Jill began Animals Asia’s therapy programme, with the very first Dr Dog visit in 1991!
Dr Billy, Dr Coco, Dr Lulu, Dr Kelly, Dr Maisie, Dr Siu Mui, Dr Willie, Dr Cha Cha, Dr Remy , Dr Goldie and Dr Lok Lok all dressed up as Santa Paws, and attended the party accompanied by their guardians.
"Animals Asia's Dr Dogs, volunteers and staff prepare for the festivities"
"Drs Billy, Coco and Lulu, accompanied by Mr Lau, lead the way to the Dutchess of Kent Hospital entrance"
The party started early in the morning with a walk to the front entrance of the hospital, alongside a parade of Mini cars covered with Christmas decorations. The cars carried a number of Santa Clauses to the hospital. A group of "Singing Angels" volunteers brought up the rear.
In all, 70 people attended the party, including current and former patients, hospital staff and volunteers.
After some Santa Paws therapy for the patients, the hospital staff arranged party games, followed by Christmas carols and the giving of gifts by the Santa Clauses.
Lum Lum, a eight-year old, long term patient at the hospital, said “Previously, I was scared of dogs, but the minute I saw them they are so lovely and cute, I am not scared now, I really like them “
The event featured on RTHK's Christmas day news and HK ATV's evening programme "Anchor Show", as well as in the Hong Kong press.
"Dr Maisie gives out some Christmas canine therapy"
"Dr Billy, in his Santa Paws costume, delights hospital patients"