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).
Anneleise briefs two "Professors" on the upcoming lesson!
As shown by the outstanding success of our Dr. Dog animal therapy programme, the bond between people and animals can be an incredible and powerful means of helping and healing a wide variety of people within the health care community. The potential for our Dr. Dogs to further contribute to society is enormous: Animals Asia is expanding the scope of the Dr. Dog programme and increasing the positive impact that dogs can have by creating exciting new roles for our Dr. Dogs to improve the lives of more and more people in the community at large.
With talk of the English language standard dropping across Hong Kong, coupled with a widespread fear of dogs amongst students that she had noticed during her presentations at local schools, the “Professor Paws Pet Cadet” programme is the brainchild of our former Education Director, Anneleise Smillie, who came up with this unique combination of improving the English language and literacy skills of local children, while promoting another positive example of the ways companion animals can enrich our lives.
Many children in Hong Kong, especially those living on public housing estates, have never even had the chance to touch a dog and parents often tell their children not to do so because they think dogs are dirty or carry diseases. The outbreak of SARS some years ago played directly into this fear and Anneleise began to think about new ways Animals Asia could tackle the problem and start changing attitudes from a young age….