A program in Japan is taking a dog circus to schools in that country to show students the value of looking after pets and encourage those students looking for a dog to adopt one. The 'Wow Wow Dog Circus', comprised of 'unwanted' dogs, has hit the road.
There are reportedly over 100,000 dogs abandoned yearly in Japan and many of these dogs are destroyed. This program looks to find a home for as many as they can through educating kids that there is a need and that the dogs are healthy and happy.
Wow Wow Dog Circus visits Tachikawa City
Dog trainer Kayo Takeda is part of the program and told media in Japan they seek to teach kids about caring for dogs and about the need for homes for dogs in Japan; Takeda said the "main focus" of the program was to teach students "To understand the value of life, while they are still kids, to let them know what the situation in Japan is in the hope that they will pass on what they learned to others,"
This week the 'Wow Wow Dog Circus' was at an elementary school in Tachikawa City, about 40 kilometers west of Tokyo. The show includes an opening educational talk about the plight of dogs in Japan and then the dogs themselves take over. In their circus performance the dogs, trained after being abandoned by their original owners and rescued, perform such tricks as skipping rope, balancing on a beam and taking a stroll on a colorful circus ball.