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).
Since its launch in March 2002, under the wonderful guidance of Pets for Life Japan, Dr. Dog is going from strength to strength, with 37 active Dr. Dogs (ranging from Miniature Pinschers to abandoned Labrador Retrievers) making regular visits to 6 elderly homes, 2 hospices, 1 medical hospital and 1 home for the mentally challenged, bringing joy and laughter to the many delighted residents!
During the first ever Dr. Dog visit in July 2002 with Dr. Mook, many of the hospital patients had never touched a dog in their life, but before long this gentle, scruffy rescue dog had won the hearts of the patients and staff and today there is a waiting list of organisations eager for visits! A heart-warming letter from the hospice nurses said that the Dr. Dogs are not only beneficial to the patients, but also bring a soothing calm to the troubled hearts of the nursing staff.
The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented and in response to the growing number of youth-related cases of violence in Japan, PFLJ has launched a humane education programme at a local primary school to teach compassion and empathy towards all living creatures through close interaction with Dr. Dogs and other animals. Children also learn about responsible pet care and in a country where half a million dogs and cats are euthanised each year, the value of teaching young minds to respect life cannot be underestimated.
Recent exciting news which shows the impact animal compassion lessons are having is that Kita-suma Elementary School has requested PFLJ to design a 40-lesson curriculum plan to extend over an entire year!
Dr. Dog Japan Contact Details: Pets For Life, Japan
Coordinator: Chisato Kawasaki
Email: [email protected] Address: P.O. Box 6, Shiose Post Office, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, 669-1121, Japan.