Dogs demand pause for thought
The Citi Professor Paws Program run by Animals Asia Foundation in conjunction with financial service company Citi will be held again this year. More than 1,400 students aged from nine to 11 will take part.
Many children in Hong Kong do not have the chance to come into contact with dogs. This can lead to misconceptions and unjustifiably fearful attitudes towards the animals.
In addition to reducing the number of animal cruelty cases, the programme aims to provide children with a safe, friendly environment to interact with well-trained dogs and learn to treat them with the kindness, compassion and respect they deserve.
Native English-speaking volunteers will visit schools with teams of registered therapy dogs and conduct fun and interactive sessions for pupils.
Sim Lim, Citi's country officer in Hong Kong, said: 'The programme helps local primary students improve their English skills and teaches them about proper care of animals.'
'I hope with this joint effort by Citi and Animals Asia we can bring Citi Professor Paws Program to more schools in future, so that more children can benefit.'
The programme was first launched in 2004 and more than 4,000 children have graduated as Pet Cadets.
For more information, visit www.animalsasia.org.hk