Cedar­town group res­cu­ing dogs in China from dog meat trade

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Destiny Killian RNT In­tern

CARES Cedar­town An­i­mal Res­cue, Ed­u­ca­tion & Ster­il­iza­tion is a fos­ter-based or­ga­ni­za­tion that is cur­rently on a mis­sion to res­cue dogs from the Dog Meat Trade in China.

CARES is a lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue run by Jeanie Wad­dell. Be­cause CARES has no phys­i­cal shelter, Wad­dell hosts ap­prox­i­mately 99% of the res­cue an­i­mals in her own home with oth­ers go­ing out to fos­ter homes.

In Fe­bru­ary, CARES be­gan the process of bring­ing five dogs from China to Amer­ica. Four of the dogs are be­ing res­cued from the dog meat trade, and one is be­ing returned to its owner here in Amer­ica after be­ing sep­a­rated from them.

The dogs have been in quar­an­tine for the past two months and should be ar­riv­ing here in a few days.

Ac­cord­ing to the Hu­man So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, China is re­spon­si­ble for 10 mil­lion of the es­ti­mated 30 mil­lion dogs and 4 mil­lion of the 10 mil­lion cats slaugh­tered for hu­man con­sump­tion each year. Ap­prox­i­mately 30 mil­lion dogs and 10 mil­lion cats are es­ti­mated to be killed for con­sump­tion each year world­wide.

CARES is a small or­ga­ni­za­tion that is lim­ited to how many dogs they can save at one time, but Wad­dell says that, de­pend­ing on how ev­ery­thing goes, she hopes they can re­turn to China to save more dogs. She says CARES will still res­cue lo­cally, but that they want to branch out to oth­ers in need too.

If in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing to CARES, visit their web­site at caresga.org. Gen­eral do­na­tions are not used for the res­cue mis­sion in China, so donors should des­ig­nate it as “DMT” or “China.”

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