From Slaughterhouses to Loving Homes

Back in May, our Shelter Support partner, China Rescue Dogs, reached out to us for help. They had an incredible opportunity to save 21 dogs from the harrowing dog meat trade in China, and together, we sprang into action! Thanks to the unwavering support of our generous donors, we successfully raised the necessary funds to bring these precious pups to safety.

To protect the animals and the local rescuers involved, we kept many details confidential. But today, we’re thrilled to announce that the flight has landed, and these resilient survivors are finally out of harm’s way.

Golden retriever rescued from the dog meat trade.
Corgi rescued from China's dog meat trade.

Before embarking on their journey to freedom, each dog was vaccinated and underwent comprehensive veterinary health testing, including rabies titres, microchipping, and meticulous documentation in China.. Upon arrival, they were thoroughly examined and granted entry by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

SPCA International staff member petting a dog rescued from the dog meat trade.
SPCA International volunteer at shelter on Los Angeles.

Touching down in Los Angeles on June 26, the flight brought home 16 golden retrievers, two corgis, one poodle, and one malamute. The 21st dog rescued in this mission, who has special needs, arrived separately in the United States, thanks to the assistance of a dedicated flight volunteer.

Our team eagerly awaited the dogs’ arrival, ready to extend a warm welcome after their long journey. It was truly incredible to witness the unwavering friendliness that persisted in these dogs despite everything they have been through. After taking some time to decompress, the pups explored their new surroundings, offering cuddles to everyone around.

Remarkably, within a day of their arrival in the United States, the tiny and affectionate poodle found her loving forever home, where she’ll have furry siblings to guide her. Others embarked on their foster home journeys scattered across the country.

We are thrilled to see these wonderful dogs get a chance at a happy life, and we can’t wait to see updates of them in their loving forever homes. 

SPCA International staff member with dog rescued from the dog meat trade.
SPCA International volunteer with dog rescued from the dog meat trade.
SPCA International, China Rescue Dogs, and World of Angels teams with dogs rescued from the dog meat trade in China.
SPCA International staff member with dog rescued from the dog meat trade.
SPCAI and CRD staff with dog meat trade survivor.

The dogs rescued in this mission are available for adoption through local rescues, including Rover’s Retreat, As Good As Gold Golden Retriever Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue of Iowa, Love a Golden Golden Retriever Rescue, Golden Re-Triever Rescue of New Jersey, China Rescue Dogs, Golden Bond Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue Resource. For adoption information, please contact them directly.