A chance to rescue Mama and four more dogs
In March 2019, we posted a story about five dogs we saved from China's meat trade and brought to the United States—and the dogs we left behind.
One of those dogs was Mama. She'd recently had puppies and her eyes held intense sadness. Mama sat very politely to greet rescue volunteers, as if she desperately hoped to be chosen for rescue.
We now have the chance to return to China and bring Mama back with us, along with four other dogs. But we need your help. To raise the necessary funds, supporters Jill and John C. have generously offered to match donations.
In China, volunteers are overwhelmed with Golden Retrievers rescued from Chinese meat trucks and slaughterhouses. Those that are saved are housed in makeshift shelters. But the facilities are incredibly full and adoption of larger breeds, which are still banned in many areas of China, is not likely.
International rescue is their only hope
The dogs' only hope is to find homes in other countries. Rescue groups around the world are answering the call to save these dogs, and RAGOM continues to support this effort.
In a couple weeks, RAGOM volunteers will travel to China with hopes of rescuing Mama and four other dogs. They all likely had a family at one time before being stolen for the meat trade. The total cost to rescue all five dogs is approximately $7,000. With your support, we can bring all five dogs home with us.
Volunteer Nicole visited one of the safe havens for these dogs in February. They have clean water and food, but are generally filthy and matted. Many have scratches and wounds from scuffles with other dogs. Because there are so many dogs, they receive very little human interaction.
"You can tell that many had been family dogs who were loved. They just die for human attention."
Help us bring them home
Nicole's trip was a success—as reported earlier, we were able to rescue five dogs from China's meat trade in March. Now we have the opportunity to return for five more. And if we raise more funds than needed for this trip, we'll be able to save more dogs in June.
RAGOM rescues Golden Retrievers and Golden mixes in the Upper Midwest, but we can also help other dogs in dire circumstances. And for these dogs in China, international rescue is their only hope. Help us bring them home.