Doggy Saving Mission Continues

use meYou probably heard from your friends or saw in social media by now. Until HERE! finally went to print, the purported 1,300 dogs saved from a truck heading to Yulin’s infamous dog meat festival were still somewhere in Guangzhou, being fed, watered and given limited medical treatment.

Due to the fragmentation of the originally saved dogs, it’s hard to estimate exactly how many of them survived. The site we visited had about 200 to 300 dogs spread under a basketball-court-sized roof. The hot and humid weather further decreased survival chances. Each day, vets were providing constant care at the site, but seriously sick dogs were sent to hospitals for further treatment. Countless volunteers from the region also came to help and site leaders coordinated for supplies and logistics. Everybody had only one mission: do as much as they can until all these lives were safely transferred to shelters.

Since ten stacked layers of suffocating dogs were spotted and stopped by animal activists on a highway near Guangzhou on June 19, volunteers have shown tremendous capability, teamwork and care to save these furry friends. It’s not the first time it happened, of course, but this time, the speed of the action, the amount of help and donations received, involvement of volunteers from different countries and the influence to the society have been unprecedented, all thanks to the power of social media.

One crucial fact leading to the success of saving the animals is that the truck driver indeed broke the law—not regarding animal protection, but a rule on animal epidemic prevention. According to related regulations, each dog must possess its own quarantine certificate in order to transport. The driver presented only one certificate for a truck of 1,300 dogs. After a nearly 12-hour overnight negotiation and compromise, 300 volunteers were finally able to unload the dehydrated dogs to open air on June 20.

微信图片_20170630101520With each new day, more volunteers go to help. A middle-aged Guangzhou lady had left work early for three days to come to the site. She silently cleaned cages, poured waste into a bucket, wiped trays with tissue and laid them on disposable disinfecting mats. “I just do what I can. If you don’t clean it well and they walk on it, their nails will easily get infected,” she said.

No one gave any strong, clear orders, but everyone knew what to do. One girl brought cooked chicken breasts from home every day. She mixed them with a little water and fed the animals that didn’t have any appetite for commercial dog food, later slowly adding dry food. “Now, they are so much more relaxed with people than at the beginning, I’m so happy to see this,” she beamed contentedly, patting a puppy’s forehead.

A fundraising party will be held in Dongguan to support these dogs and others like them. For more details head to page 30.


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