Saving the Dogs of Yulin

By Susan Rosenberg, Director of International Animal Programs


Late last year 26 dogs were rescued from the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China.

Most dogs are stolen, then transported to the festival in small wire cages without food, water, or care. San Diego Humane Society worked with volunteers in China to transport the dogs to safety in the United States. The dogs received medical treatment, vaccinations and behavior modification when necessary.

Despite what she’s experienced, Olivia, a 1-year-old terrier mix (featured below) is friendly and social. After only one month in their care, Olivia met the people who would change her life. They adore her and report that she’s been enjoying neighborhood walks, belly rubs and napping on the couch.

Kali, a border collie mix (featured above) used to be shy and fearful. San Diego Humane Society Behavior and Training staff worked diligently to help Kali come out of her shell, and she now trusts people. She’s still a little fearful, but likes petting and likes to socialize with other dogs. This past January, she was adopted. Her new family reports that she is doing well and promises to keep the updates coming.

Because of generous donors like you, San Diego Humane Society was able to provide healthy meals, warm beds, enrichment and the proper vaccines for the dogs. We are happy to report that all 26 dogs have been adopted and have started new lives with loving families.

I’ve been asked so many times how we handle the emotional stress of rescuing animals. What we get to witness is their transformation. We see the love and thankfulness in their eyes. We experience the moment a pet realizes they’re safe and loved and will never be hurt again.

Your support has inspired other people to help end the abuse for good. They’re helping through adoption, donating or simply spreading the word about how to get involved.

You can help more dogs like Olivia and Kali by contributing to end this barbaric festival. Please click here to donate.

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by susanrosenberg, August 25, 2017