We provide refuge in our sanctuaries in China to over 500 dogs, each one individually rescued from the illegal dog meat trafficking trade and destined for the most barbaric and torturous form of slaughter: blowtorched or burned alive.
We cannot continue to save dogs from the illegal dog meat trafficking trade if we cannot decompress our sanctuaries in China and unite our survivors with Canadian adopters and American adopters who are waiting for them.
Because of the new CDC import suspension, the only way that we can get our survivors to their adopters in the United States is to relocate them to a non-high risk rabies country and keep them there for a period of six months.
Unless and until the CDC lifts the suspension on the importation of dogs into America, providing sanctuary for our survivors in Canada is the only way that we can connect our survivors to their adopters in the United States.
Effective July 14, 2021, the US implemented a temporary suspension on importing dogs from 113 countries — including China — that are alleged to present a high risk of spreading the canine rabies for a period of one year, although the true duration of this suspension is unknown.
We cannot continue to save lives if we cannot decompress our China sanctuaries and move dogs out to their adopters who are waiting in the United States.
We currently have more than 100 dogs waiting to be united with their adopters in the United States. The only legal way to transport our survivors to the United States is to relocate them to a non-high risk rabies country – such as Canada – and keep them there for a period of six months before importing them into the United States. This is our only option, and the fate of these dogs if they stay in China is grim: many of the breeds we celebrate and love here in the United States are banned breeds in China (such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Malamutes). As a result, they cannot be re-adopted out in China because they run the risk of being brutally killed in the streets by the police.
Therefore, our only option to save their lives (and the lives of other dogs that we rescue and adopt to Americans) is to move them to Canada to wait out the six months period for entering the United States.
Establishing a new sanctuary in a new country was NOT part of our business plan for 2021, as no one in the international rescue community had any knowledge that the US import suspension was going to happen.
Therefore, we are urgently appealing to our donors to assist us in our efforts to establish this new sanctuary in Canada.
The training center has not been used in some time, so there are some significant modifications and improvements that we will have to make before we can safely house our survivors here.
First and foremost, we must upgrade the entire electric for both barns. We also need to install a fire alarm and sprinkler system, heating systems, interior insulation, and lighting throughout. In addition, we need to reconfigure and modify the existing horse stalls into kennels so that the dogs can see out into the main area when they are in their kennels.
We also need to install fencing, trees and water sources for the outdoor parks, upgrade the drainage system, demo and rebuild the staff living quarters connected to the barns, add surveillance and security cameras and erect NDLB signage on the property.
There are also legal and business expenses relating to establishing the sanctuary in Canada (licensing, permitting, inspections, etc).