We're happy to share that in the last couple weeks, we transported 17 of the rescued dogs from China to America! And on Friday, we welcomed two of the dogs into RAGOM's care, our first from this rescue mission. (The other dogs were slated for partner organizations around the country.)
Over the last few months, we've told you about the dogs, our efforts to rescue them, and the many unexpected challenges that arose. When a few weeks ago we learned that our charter plane was canceled, we went back to the drawing board. We developed a new plan to transport the dogs, a few at a time, on climate-controlled cargo planes that are traveling back and forth.
On Sunday, the dogs completed their final leg of their journey to RAGOM. To keep the dogs as comfortable as possible, a private pilot donated his services to fly the dogs from Chicago. They arrived in Minnesota, where they were greeted with a welcome filled with love and relief.
While we celebrate the arrival of Allie and Hobi, and the 15 other dogs who've safely made the journey, our work is far from over. We will not stop until all 99 dogs are safely on American soil and into the arms of RAGOM and our partner groups around the country.
After all of the challenges we've faced, we believe our new path forward is solid, and we eagerly await the arrival of the remaining dogs over the next 6-8 weeks. We'll provide you with additional updates when there is news to share. Thank you for supporting us - and these wonderful dogs - on this journey.
Update: Thanks to your support, we have raised the funds needed to secure the charter plane to rescue the dogs in China!
We are now focused on the remaining preparations and permissions needed to allow the dogs to travel. This has been the most challenging rescue mission we have ever undertaken, and we are working to ensure every detail is met. We are hoping for the dogs' safe arrival in the next 2-3 weeks. We will keep you posted!
We are reaching our hands around the world to help dogs in need. RAGOM has joined a team of 8 American rescue organizations and 4 Chinese rescuers to save 99 dogs in China who desperately need help. But we can’t make it happen without you.
The dogs were scheduled to come to the United States this spring. But when international flights were cancelled, they lost their chance to be rescued. And then more challenges arose for rescuers in China.
When the coronavirus broke out in China, there was misinformation about dogs spreading the virus. As a result, many dogs were abandoned by their owners or confiscated by local authorities. Now Chinese rescuers are in crisis. Private shelters and foster homes are over capacity and the dogs will be stuck in cramped conditions, potentially for years.
To make matters worse, the Yulin dog meat festival is happening soon. Chinese rescuers could save some of these dogs from slaughter, but only if space is freed up at the overcrowded shelters.
With the borders closed there is no other international rescue happening, so the dogs stand no chance. Unless you can help us save them.
Working with our rescue partners, we found a way, against all odds, to secure a private charger plane at below cost. 99 dogs are vetted and ready to travel. If we can transport them here, it will free them from cramped shelters and open up space for dogs who otherwise will be slaughtered. We are working together to raise the $268,000 needed to fund the rescue. Upon their arrival in America, the dogs will be divided among our rescue groups. RAGOM will be taking in an estimated 15 dogs. The exact date is still being set, but we anticipate their arrival in early July if we can raise the money to save them.
Please help us save the lives of these dogs who desperately need our help.