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).
This year’s Care Cadet Challenge was a great success! Held at the Hong Kong International School in Tai Tam, students aged 8-11years from local government primary schools were invited to attend the event where they tested their skills as Care Cadets.
The Animals Asia Professor Paws programme aims to teach young students from government housing estates the importance of caring for our companion animals, and through interaction with our Animals Asia registered therapy dogs, build their love and respect for all living creatures. Students graduate as Care Cadets, young warriors who help build a better world for animals.
Hong Kong International School students were invited to be “big brothers” and “big sisters” to the younger students, guiding them through the school grounds where 16 different challenges were set up to test their skills as cadets! Challenges involved quizzes, worksheets, matching games, and of course learning how to approach a dog, feed, brush and love a dog. Our Animals Asia therapy dogs were great teachers as they allowed student after student to give them a pet, kiss and a hug.
After an hour of orienteering around the school campus, completing as many challenges and collecting as many points as possible, students returned to the school amphitheatre where they attended a brilliant presentation by the Poodle Club of Hong Kong.
The presenter, Winita Yeung, outlined the importance of being a responsible guardian, thinking before you decide to rescue a companion animal, and the consequences of not training your dog. Volunteers from the Poodle Club demonstrated basic drills, but then we found out that these dogs could even jump a skipping rope with their guardian, and sniff out a $2 coin hidden in a stack of envelopes! Students were very impressed, but also learned that dogs are here as our companions, not for our entertainment.
The whole event was a huge success, all because of our wonderful Animals Asia volunteers and the HK International School students who put in such an effort. We couldn’t have done it without you!