The Yulin slaughterhouse effort took a full twenty four hours. Some of the dogs are still enroute to their final destinations, but all have been rescued.
In Nanning with the help of XiaoFang and the locals, we were able to find a safe house for our dogs. In the weeks leading up to Yulin, we had a roof installed, supplies delivered, and flooring put in. Presently we have 189 survivors, and a few others that are in hospitals. Some passed away, but at least they died in a place free from darkness.
The Tree of Life, the most amazing set of human beings I have ever met, took two large truckloads of dogs. Over 450 to their shelter in Guangzhou, with the other dogs being routed north to a different location (waiting for a final count).
I am in a taxi right now, headed to the Tree of Life Guangzhou shelter. They asked for assistance, and are in need of medical supplies and volunteers. We are on our way to help them get situated, and to get each dog the care they need.
The Humane Society International joined the effort as well, rescuing about 120 dogs that are currently on their way to their North China base, set to begin the first day of what will be the rest of their life.
To the locals and those that have rallied to help these dogs, thank you. It is amazing to be in a place, and to see so many who believe in the same thing we all believe in – second chances.
Note: There is great opposition, and many out there who believe we should not have rescued these dogs. That it does not change much, but only makes things worse.
To those who feel that way, maybe you are right. Maybe in the end, the rescuing of these lives is meaningless.
In life, all I can do is live through my heart. But imagine if that was you. Imagine if you pushed your head to look into the sky, and all you saw was blood. Imagine if in the end no one came. And they hung you. And they killed your children. And they beat you to death. And in the end, all you saw was dying.