China Rescue Mission
Caution: The information below will be disturbing.
As you watch the video and read the following, please keep in mind there is a rapidly growing outcry against the dog meat trade not only internationally but from the Chinese people themselves. Please don't paint the people in China with a broad brush.
The Asian dog meat trade has been going on for decades. China is believed to be responsible for brutally killing millions dogs each year for human consumption. Many are under the misconception that there are dog farms in China, similar to our cattle ranches: dogs are bred, born, raised then taken off to the slaughterhouse for a humane demise. This couldn't be further from the truth. The dog meat trade, to a significant degree, facilitated by crime as most of the animals are stolen pets and strays grabbed from backyards and streets. Transport to slaughterhouses and markets entails them being crammed into wire cages and driven for hours or days to the animals’ destination. They’re often sick or injured, and many die from dehydration, shock, suffocation, and heatstroke. Those who survive the journey are then brutally tortured suffering the most painful death as the "custom" of consuming dog meat requires that the dogs be slaughtered in a certain way to make the meat more succulent and beneficial. Some believe eating Golden Retrievers brings wisdom, black dogs keep evil spirits away and eating dog meat during the Yulin Festival will keep them cooler during the hot summer months. These countries have no animal cruelty laws.
In 2020, after feeling helpless and heartbroken by the dog meat trade and the cruelty these dogs suffer, our small rescue began saving Goldens from China. To date we have saved and found homes for over 80 China Goldens. Sadly, in June the CDC banned entry to the U.S. for rescue dogs from 113 countries, China being one of them. Knowing the number of Goldens being subjected to torment and abuse has left with us with heavy and hopeless hearts. These Goldens will not survive! They will be sold to slaughterhouses or live-in horrific conditions succumbing to starvation, illness, or harsh weather. We had to do something, and we are! Together with rescue partnerships and volunteers in Canada, our Goldens will be temporarily homed placed in foster safe havens in Canada, until they are able to be united with their waiting future adopting families.
This is a very complicated and very expensive rescue mission, but we cannot turn our backs on these poor helpless souls who depend on us for survival. Rescuing these dogs will support China's internal anti-dog-meat trade movement and alleviate the pressure in the various shelters. Most importantly, we will give so many more goldens a second chance to live the remainder of their lives in a warm, loving home.
Donations Can Be Mailed To:
Golden Rescue South Florida
c/o LeeAnn Runkle
PO Box 17084
Plantation, FL 33318
Golden Rescue South Florida is a registered 501(3)c nonprofit, all volunteer organization EIN 68-0626628.