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