When we hear stories about dogs being raised for meat, the natural reaction is to be saddened and disgusted. But when push comes to shove, how many of us actually take a stand?
Luckily there are people like Wang Yan out there, making extreme financial sacrifices in order to save these poor pups in need.
Yan’s story began in 2012 when his dog went missing. He searched high and low for his beloved pooch, and even ended up at a nearby slaughterhouse that was known for handling dog meat.
Sadly, Yan was not able to find his long lost dog, but what he did discover was just how terrible the conditions were for these poor dogs at the slaughterhouse. And that is when Yan realized his purpose – to free these dogs from the waking hell that is their life.
At the time of Yan’s dark discovery, he had amassed a small fortune of several million yuan. And while most people would have used that money to surround themselves with the trappings of a luxurious lifestyle, Yan made the choice to buy the slaughterhouse outright and shut it down. On top of that, Yan also spent thousands to turn an abandoned steel factory into a huge shelter to house the dogs he’s rescued.
In order to save all these dogs, Yan has burnt through his entire life savings, even landing himself in a bit of debt trying to keep all these dogs fed and looked after.
“Right now, we only have 215 dogs,” Yan said. “The most we’ve had at one time is 1,000, many of them have been adopted.”
And while Yan has given up his personal fortune to help save these desperate dogs, he refuses to take monetary donations. Instead, the only help he will accept is in the form of supplies.
If you want to show your support for Yan, you can make a donation to the Humane Society International, which is an organization that works tirelessly to ensure that pets all over the globe receive adequate care.