Far too often we see stories like this of pets getting stolen out of owner’s backyards. It’s a horrible story to hear about but the fact of the matter is that many of these Chinese dog meat traders can’t find the supply they need from dog meat farms, so they start stealing from people’s homes.
In China, pet owners treat their animals much differently than in the United States. In the United States, we treat our pets as if they are our children, usually allowing them indoors and sleeping in nice, warm comfortable beds.
Not in China. Even though there are many Chinese that keep pets and love them very much, they are mostly chained outside and not allowed to come into the house for any reason. For this reason, pets kept in this matter make them easy targets for dog meat traders and is a huge and growing problem in the industry.
An urgent message went out this morning of a beautiful German Shepherd being stolen:
"Our unit lost a German Shepherd near Shenbei Fourth Ring Road. His name is Harry. The dog is big, but very good, very clingy, and won’t bite. Everyone in the unit loved it, and now we’re all anxious to find it. Please help us to forward this information. Contact info: Mr. So 186 4006 7395"
The heartbreaking truth is that dog was loved and cherished by his owner and is probably already suffering a brutal fate. We must scream loud and let the officials in China know that this IS NOT ok!
The question becomes how can we change these practices? The hard truth is that the dog meat trade is very similar to drug trafficking.
There are “cartels” and gangs that are paid by butchers to get supply.
It’s becoming more and more lucrative of a trade as restaurant owners, butchers, dog traffickers, and other pieces of whole make more and more money as the demand keeps increasing.
China is best documented simply because they have the largest population, which equates to the largest number of dogs being slaughtered each year – approximately 10 million.
But what you must realize is that the dog meat trade is happening everywhere in Asia.
This most recent article written by Channel News Asia, speaks upon the profits made by restaurant owners who prepare dog right in the back of the restaurant for their patrons in Cambodia, one of the worst perpetrators of eating dog meat. The same thing is done in China, just on a larger scale.
Though we may not be able to save beloved Harry, his disappearance will not go unnoticed. We will fight for the voiceless and continue to fight until we win this war.
Through education outreach, emergency response, and proper exposure to the media about what goes on in these slaughterhouses and dog gangs, we will end this.
Please share this article so that Harry’s story is heard and his possible death is not in vain.
Please support No Dogs Left Behind in fighting against this cruelty and brutal trade. Together we can make a change!
No Dogs Left Behind spends every waking hour saving dogs that have been stuffed into small butcher cages and brutally tortured. Every day thousands of dogs are packed into these rusty cages and shipped off to slaughterhouses to endure a brutal and unimaginable death at the hands of vicious, soul-less it seems, butchers who are simply trying to make a quick buck.
Today we wanted to bring you a story of two beautiful rescue dogs that became a crucial part of No Dogs Left Behind's security operations.
We are thankful for everything they have done for us and for the peace they instilled in us while living at the shelter.
Ali's Rescue - 2016 Yulin Slaughterhouse Shutdown
In some cases, Jeff and his emergency response team are able to shut down slaughterhouses with the help of authorities.
During a 2016 Yulin slaughterhouse shutdown, Jeff instantly connected with a German Shepherd named Ali, who would unknowingly, at the time, play a vital role in Jeff's everyday operations by becoming a protector and guard of not only the shelter but the staff and volunteers, and most of all, Jeff.
The bond that Jeff and Ali formed was inseparable, and Ali soon became Jeff's closest companion and friend.
Jeff happened to be in Los Angeles, California at the time but his most trusted staff member Lia Lee was there with camera in hand, filming the entire shutdown live so that Jeff could watch.
Ali happened to be one of the first dogs the rescue team got out of the cages and a soon as Jeff saw her it was love at first sight.
Jeff couldn't wait to get back to China to meet for the first time this beautiful dog that had just been saved from a certain death. He even would "talk" to Ali over the phone using a very distinctive whistling sound so that when he finally did arrive back in China, Ali would recognize him right away.
Protector and Best Friend
When that incredible day finally did arrive, as Jeff was walking up to the shelter in Naning, he called to Ali with his whistle and Ali came enthusiastically running while having to jump over a six-foot fence just to come and meet Jeff for the first time.
It was a beautiful moment that Jeff would never forget in his mind, and from that day forward Ali never left his side.
Shortly after the Yulin 2016 slaughterhouse shutdown, there was a retaliation and some Chinese people broke into the shelter and stole 60 dogs. After that night, Jeff knew that he needed someone to protect the shelter from further disasters.
After that incident, Jeff decided to bring Ali home to the shelter and in order to watch over him and the other dogs at the shelter.
She traveled all over in China with Jeff and accompanied him to emergency responses, when he went to the bank, and even when he went to grab a bite to eat in town.
Because Jeff was traveling everywhere with her, he decided to get her certified and vaccinated by the Chinese government so that when Jeff was out traveling with her, the police couldn't stop them and try to kill Ali on the spot, like they are notorious for doing to dogs without official papers and vaccinations.
Ali became extremely important to not only Jeff's safety but the safety of the other dogs in the shelter. Every morning at 6 am Jeff would release Ali into the shelter yard so she would patrol the perimeter and check that everything was in order.
Since the entire shelter is covered with security cameras, occasionally Jeff would release her in the middle of the night if he saw anything or anyone trying to get in. A few times she came back with clothes in her mouth!
On the other side, Ali became Jeff's support system. She would sleep with him on floors at night when Jeff was too exhausted from the day. She would lick the blood from Jeff's bleeding hands from the work he did saving scared and frightened dogs from cages after an emergency rescue.
And when Jeff was in tears from the from hearing the cries of dogs and seeing the faces of these innocent creatures being tortured she was there to lick the tears from his eyes.
Ali was truly everything to Jeff and his lifeline through tough times and dangerous times. She even became known as "Ali-mama" because of her unbelievably loving nature towards puppies.
Though she was a vicious alpha female that protected Jeff, she also had a motherly, nurturing side that made her truly amazing. Any other dog, Ali would tear apart and attack because that was her job to protect the area.
Soon villagers and other people knew that Jeff could not be messed with because he had a guard dog by his side at all times and if they tried anything fishy, they are doing it at their own risk.
Ali was officially one of the bodyguards that Jeff relied on for protection for several years until recently when Jeff decided he needed to get her out of China due to the recent crackdown that was just established in China.
Gigi - A Second Protector