Every year the southern city of China, Yulin celebrates the summer solstice with a festival that involves the slaughter and consumption of as many as 10,000 dogs. Many petitions have failed in the past but thanks to people taking real action, 100 dogs have been saved by a 65-year-old retired teacher. Her name is Yang Xiaoyun and she runs an animal shelter in Tianjin and had to travel more than 2,400km (1,500 miles) and spent more than $1,100 to save 100 dogs.
She’s been rescuing animals since 1995 when she fell in love with a stray she took in, but she hasn’t had an easy time of it. She has taken in nearly 3,000 animals, many of whom she cares for at her rescue center in Tianjin.
Yang’s hard work has reportedly cost her her home and some of her family members, who disapproved of how much effort she was putting into the rescue operation. Although it’s been difficult to fully care for them, Yang says that while the situation is not ideal, they’re better off receiving regular meals with her than alone and at risk on the street – or, in the cages of butchers.
Yang runs an animal shelter called ‘Common Home’, which houses more than 1,000 rescued dogs.
Ms Yang makes and feeds the canines steamed corn bread twice a day, which is all she can afford.
Except for the weekends, when she treats them to hotdogs.
She provides them with all the attention they require — both medical and emotional.
And they pay her back the only way they know how, with undying love and adoration.
Ms Yang is not alone in her battle against this tradition. If you’d like to help, according to a blog found here, you can donate to Yang Xiaoyun through her bank via Direct Wire Transfer:
Name: Commercial Bank of China (中国工商银行）
Bank Account City: Tianjin (开户城市－天津）
Bank Account No.: 0302845001009282956
Account Name: Ai Yun YANG （杨爱云）
Xiaoyun Yang’s Cell Phone: 13164073263