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Rescue Delivers Dozens of Pups from Horrific Upcoming Chinese Dog Meat Festival

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If you have any familiarity with the dog rescue world, you’re probably aware that there have been ongoing efforts to rescue dogs from other countries and bring them to the states. Probably the best-known is the rescue of dogs from the terrors of the meat trade in China.

Dog lovers around the world have teamed up to help get at-risk dogs into loving homes where they will be cared for and treated like pets, not mistreated and butchered. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China is coming up on June 21, and China Rescue Dogs is working especially hard to save dogs so they won’t be subjected to the festival. According to People, the organization’s mission is “saving dogs from the slaughterhouses, meat trade, abuse, and neglect in China.”

But a wrench was thrown in the works, and rescuers have had to pivot to continue their work. China Rescue Dogs told People that matters have been complicated lately because customs authorities in China are not allowing dogs to be exported to the U.S.

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But they are allowing dogs to be exported to Canada — so the rescue moved its operations to Washington state and set up a satellite office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thanks to the rescue’s quick work and generous donors, 181 dogs have been saved. (According to People, hundreds of dogs are slaughtered every year at Yulin’s festival.)

It’s an expensive endeavor. The rescue’s website states that it costs about $2,500 to $3,500 to rescue a dog from China, and safe transport alone for 26 dogs costs a staggering $52,000.

Jill Stewart, the founder and president of the rescue, explained how she and her team were able to maneuver around the restrictions during their most recent efforts.

“We flew the dogs into Vancouver first, where they cleared Canadian Customs,” Stewart said. “We then loaded the dogs up into cargo vans, crossed the border at Blaine, Washington, where they then cleared U.S. Customs.

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“We then drove the rescues to Seattle where they spent the night at a Pet Spa before flying out on Alaskan Air the next day to their forever families across the United States.”

They’ve saved many dogs, but they’re not done yet and are rushing to save as many more as they can before the festival. They are in desperate need of funds to continue, though, and state on their Facebook page that they haven’t even reached 25 percent of their goal.

“It was and still is an enormous undertaking,” Stewart continued. “But the sleepless nights, and the days and weeks of paperwork, are worth it once you see their happy faces and wagging tails.

“We made a commitment and a promise to save these dogs from going to Yulin, and we are doing everything we can to make sure they can live the rest of their days with love and without fear.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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