Author Archives: Maren Dallmann

Ronnie aka John update

We received an update on our girl Ronnie aka John today, which I wanted to share here with everyone, as so many of you helped us raise the funds to adopt her.

This is an update from her vet Eddie:

“A few months ago Ronnie AKA John was health checked to investigate her increased respiratory rate. It turned out that Ronnie had been doing too well with the improved nutrition and diet Animals Asia had been providing, and as a result had gained a little too much weight. This weight gain, in combination with some minor blood pressure issues had resulted in an increase in her breathing.

Since then Ronnie has been on a diet and she is now sitting at a very comfortable weight. She is still a larger lady, but we like to think of her as big boned, rather than fat.

Today we performed another health check to follow up on some dental work she required and to recheck her eyes, which had some subtle changes on her last health check. Ronnie was pretty aware, and knew what was about to come with her anaesthetic jab. But true to form, she loved her strawberry sauce so much she did not really mind the jab. Ronnie had a good anaesthetic, although her blood pressure was high, which might be a sign of underlying disease. The changes in Ronnie’s eyes are also suggestive of high blood pressure, however these changes are not advanced and at this time there is no indication for medical intervention. Ronnie had three teeth removed, all of which were minor. Ronnie woke up from her anaesthetic very smoothly and was keen to tuck into her dinner shortly after her recovery. She will be receiving chopped food for the next few days to give her mouth a rest, as well as a course of antibiotics and pain relief. We will be monitoring Ronnie’s weight and also looking for signs of progression of her high blood pressure, but for now she is in good health and great condition.”

Although she’s not 100% she is receiving the best care in the world and I’m sure that blood pressure will be kept under control.

As you can see here, she certainly knows how to enjoy the better things in life now thanks to Animals Asia.


Thank you for helping us reach our target!

We have now reached our target to officially adopt one of the bears at the ex-bear bile farm in Nanning, which has been taken over by Animals Asia.  Most of you will have “met” our Ronnie aka John by now but here she is, saying a big “thank you” too :)

Ronnie aka John in bath

We will of course continue our fundraising for Animals Asia until the cruelty ends!  There are thousands more bears to be rescued and Animals Asia continues to work towards an end to bear bile farming, which I believe is now in sight.

Of course there are also the other programmes which always need funds, Cat and Dog Welfare and Captive Animal Welfare.  Funds raised from now on will be unrestricted again and will be used by Animals Asia where they are most urgently needed at the time.

Thank you again and please continue supporting us in London, come to our events and visit our stalls.

A very successful night for our Ronnie aka John!

We held our second Octobear Festival at the Coach and Horses in Soho tonight and what a wonderful night it was!  A huge success again and a full house.

Thanks to the kind generosity of the landlord, Alastair Choat and his daughter Hollie 100% of the night’s takings are going to the bears again and we have reached our target for Ronnie aka John, our bear in Nanning! The night raised over £1,000.

Amanda gave a very interesting talk about working with the rescued bears at Animals Asia‘s sanctuaries and also gave us an update on the bears at the now defunct bear farm in Nanning, where the bears are being cared for by Animals Asia until they can move into their new permanent home.  Their lives are already a million times better than they were with healthy food, a constant supply of drinking water and lots of showers, and of course their paddling pools.

Below are some impressions of the night

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