With shelters overflowing due to reduced adoptions due to the COVID pandemic and their rescue missions hampered due to the virus, China Rescue Dogs is looking to move rescued dogs into loving homes to make way for new rescues.
China Rescue Dogs, an organization committed to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs from the China meat trade and adopting them into homes in the US and Canada, is calling on the public’s help to clear out overcrowded shelters due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With shelters cleared out, the group says, it will help them make room for their upcoming batch of rescues they are set to save.
China Recue Dogs is a 501c3 organization founded by Jill Stewart, an ardent advocate of animal rights worldwide, and especially in China. Their global mission is to rescue and rehabilitate dogs from the dog meat trade in China and provide them with loving forever homes in the US and Canada. Currently, the group partners with over 15 rescues across the US to help make their mission possible.
Stewart, along with her small team of volunteers numbering less than 10, have made regular trips to China in their past missions to rescue dogs facing neglect, abuse, or slaughterhouses. In their usual missions, the team brings home four to five dogs at a time. However, due to the COVID pandemic and strict travel restrictions in place, the rescue’s efforts have been slowed. Additionally, with shelters overflowing with dogs needing adoption, the group is hoping the public will step in and help to get them adopted so they can make room for their upcoming mission.
With travel and movement restrictions starting to ease up the team is scaling up its efforts to head to China and pull off one of its largest rescue efforts to date.
The mission has been dubbed Paws Across the Ocean, and the team is seeking to rescue as many dogs as possible from the overcrowded shelters to make room for new rescues.
Once the dogs are back in the US, China Rescue Dogs treats the physical and emotional affects of the dog’s abuse, socializes them, and then partners with other rescues across the US and Canada to find them loving homes. Everything the organization does relies on volunteers and public donations, including air transport. The amount the group needs to raise is two-hundred thousand dollars.
With the mission set for a little over a month, the team is asking for the public’s support in getting out the word. Currently, China Rescue Dog’s biggest needs include air transport and financial support for the mission.
“Even though the COVID pandemic has raged on globally, it hasn’t slowed down the need to bring the dogs to US or Canada” said Jill Stewart, Founder. “And while we haven’t been able to carry out our mission of regular rescue trips to China during this time, we have pivoted to turn our attention clearing out the overcrowded shelters. With the public’s support, we hope to rescue as many dogs and bring them back to the US so they can be adopted into loving families and lead long, happy, and healthy lives.”
To learn more about China Rescue Dogs or to support their mission, visit https://chinarescuedogs.org/.