Sponsor a Bear is a monthly giving programme allowing you to sponsor one of our rescued bears at our China or Vietnam sanctuaries. By sponsoring one of these intelligent, forgiving bears, you will be helping to provide all the basic care he or she needs to recover from horrific cruelty and lead a healthy, happy life. You can help for just US$1.50 a day.
Your sponsorship provides the bears with all their basic care – nutritious food and clean water, veterinary care, dens to sleep in and outdoor enclosures to roam – so they can put their pasts behind them and enjoy life as the beautiful moon bears they were born to be.
But best of all, you will know that – because you cared enough to act – a majestic, endangered animal will have the life he or she so desperately deserves.
Jasper's Story - a life saved
Jasper was cut from a coffin-sized “crush cage” – a cage fitted with a grille that the farmer had pushed down on his body to flatten him against the bottom to make it easier to extract his bile. This emaciated and wounded bear could hardly move. Much of his fur was missing from years of rubbing against his cage, his teeth were badly worn down from bar biting and he had a metal catheter implanted in his abdomen.
Today, Jasper is our happy, handsome poster boy for rescued bears. After surgery, months of rehabilitation, lots of tasty, nutritious food and tender, loving care, the real Jasper emerged. This loveable rascal now has a healthy body weight and stands six feet tall. A gentle peacemaker known to separate aggressive younger bears, his delightful antics and distinctive golden eyebrows win over everyone that meets him.
Amazingly, given the horrific treatment that Jasper was subjected to for so many years, this cheeky fellow is as comfortable in human company as he is with the other bears. He even comes when he is called – especially if there’s a jar of peanut butter involved – and so complete is his trust in his carers that he will even lick treats carefully from their fingers.
Caring for rescued bears like Jasper is a huge commitment. At our sanctuaries, these previously tortured creatures are able to live and play in the company of others in specially designed semi-natural enclosures with access to dens for shelter. Your sponsorship allows us to provide them with veterinary care, a space to live, enrichment and food for the rest of their lives.
For just US$45 per month you can sponsor one of our rescued bears in China or Vietnam and help change a life forever.
In return for your support, you will be able to share the joy of following your bear through his or her lifetime at our sanctuary. You will receive a sponsorship certificate, a photo of your bear in a printed frame and information about his or her character and well-being. We will also send you a beautiful plush moon bear toy as a token of our thanks. When you log on to My Animals Asia on our website, you will see beautiful photos of your bear which are updated on a regular basis. We will also send you an update and a new photo every December, so you can see for yourself how your bear has been progressing throughout the year.
By sponsoring a bear you help us with …
The bears arrive at our sanctuaries in terrible condition. Most need surgery to remove damaged gall bladders or broken teeth. Many need long-term medication to deal with chronic illnesses or painful deformities. Your donations ensure that our expert veterinary team can provide the bears with the medical attention they need.
Shelter and enrichment
The semi-natural enclosures and dens that the bears live in at our sanctuaries are equipped with specially designed furniture and toys to exercise their bodies and minds. Your donations help to pay for items such as hanging-basket beds, climbing frames, pools and food puzzles that encourage natural behaviour in the bears.
Food and treats
Your donations also help to keep the bears healthy by supporting the cost of their food. Their special diet includes masses of fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, nuts and dry dog food. We also provide the bears with a variety of taste and smell sensations by smearing treats such as miso paste, sesame oil, peanut butter and honey around the enclosures.