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).
Animals Asia’s unique Professor Paws programme has so far served an incredible 2000 children in 21 schools all over Hong Kong. Thousands more have participated in educational workshops during which they are given a presentation about dogs, watch the Dr. Eddie video, and have the opportunity to interact with a certified Dr. Dog. The dog is an incentive for the children to overcome their shyness and ask questions in English. The positive feedback from the schools and students has been overwhelming, and there are new schools clamouring to sign up for the programme almost every day.
As part of the programme, each child makes a “Pet Cadet Promise” to love and care for all animals, and then writes their very own special promise. Some students promise to take good care of their pets, whilst others are vowing to never eat dog, and teach others to be kind to dogs. Schools have reported a profound difference in the students’ willingness and motivation to learn after participating in the programme. The “Pet Cadet Song” seems to have caught on too, with 16 graduated Pet Cadets putting in a wonderful performance at last year’s Dr. Dog Devotion Awards.
"Animals Asia's innovative Professor Paws programme is a unique and very valuable addition to any school's English curriculum. Its theme-based interactive lessons not only increase students' motivation, but also give them greater confidence in speaking English. The use of small group teaching provides greater opportunities for communication and expression, which has a positive effect on the rest of their English learning. I truly welcome the expansion of this programme, so that a greater number of students can benefit from its distinctive 'canine curriculum'."
Rhys Thomas, English Teacher, Ma Ling Liang Shan Primary School, HK.
After an incredibly successful inaugural year, the 2006-2007 school year is shaping up to be even better. As the first project of its kind in Hong Kong, the Professor Paws Pet Cadet Programme offers schools a valuable and unique opportunity to develop students' English language skills, within a supportive and exciting framework, whilst promoting the values of kindness and care. The recognition of animals as sentient beings is a powerful step towards initiating positive changes in attitudes and encourages the development of compassion and empathy. The potential scope of the Professor Paws Pet Cadet Programme is enormous - by enabling children to have direct, positive contact with companion animals we can directly invest in a new generation of responsible, caring citizens.