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).
Building on the success of several past Dr. Dog events in China, Sunday 7th November 2004, saw the launch of our successful Dr. Dog programme in Chengdu, China. It was a remarkable event which showed the magical ability of our 4-legged best friends to spread warmth and harmony to people who need it the most. The Department of Palliative Care at the West China Fourth Hospital of Sichuan University took on a radiant glow as our enthusiastic Dr. Dog volunteers and their friendly, happy dogs wagged their way into the wards and offered some tender loving care of the canine kind!
In their welcoming speeches to the media, the Hospice Directors Professor Jinxiang Li and Dr. Sun Min spoke glowingly of animal and people relationships, and emphasised that the project was not only providing therapy for patients, but was changing people's attitudes away from seeing dogs cruelly used as medicines or food. Sick and elderly patients beamed smiles from ear to ear as Dr. Dogs Dali, Xiong Xiong, Niu Niu, and Dollar sat happily on their beds or enjoyed being brushed and stroked by their new friends.
On hearing that international studies concluded that dogs really were good for our physical and mental health one elderly lady scooped Dali into her arms saying that she wanted lots of this wonderful new medicine! Dr. Dog Dali was only too happy to oblige - quite something for a sad and lonely stray dog in her former life, before being rescued by Animals Asia from the streets of Yunnan Province! This little ambassador showed everyone that like any street dog, given a chance, she had forgiven society which had turned her away and was very much at home giving and receiving masses of friendship and love.
The media were overwhelmed by the reaction of both patients and hospital staff to our wonderful Dr. Dogs and the next day saw newspapers full of stories describing this unique and heartwarming style of healing and health. Please see China Media 2006 & 2007 for a full listing of the incredible coverage of Dr. Dog!