Leroy’s Story

December 8, 2018

“Last year, I had the privilege of volunteering at the No Dogs Left Behind shelter in Beijing. It was the most incredible and powerful experience. The strict protocols in place at the shelter save lives, and the compassion exhibited by the staff is truly compelling.

Towards the end of my stay at the shelter, a group of dogs from the Hunan shelter was brought to the Beijing shelter. My sweet Leroy was in this new group of dogs at the shelter. His eyes were penetrating and melted my heart.

Sadly, I had already selected the 5 dogs I was transporting back, so I could not add him. Almost a year later, flight hero Megan Bower brought him to me! Leroy is pure kindness and warmth. He is the perfect addition to our pack!

The transition was practically seamless. I have two senior dogs, and he is so gentle with them. Leroy was immediately comfortable on a leash and house trained. He is also a motivator and alarm clock! He wakes the whole family at 5:30 a.m. and is ready for a walk on the lake.

He is so polite at the dog park and daycare. He is currently in positive training classes, so he can become a therapy dog. We can’t wait to share his love with kids and seniors!

It’s horrifying to think that this precious, loving soul was on a truck headed to the Yulin festival to be tortured and eaten. I am so grateful to NDLB for working with activists to intercept the trucks headed to the festival.

Leroy was incredibly ill when he was rescued. He had distemper, but NDLB would not give up on him. They poured love and resources into him.

My plan is to continue to share his story with the world. We have the power to create change and stop torture. We have to raise awareness and work together. Adopting a NDLB dog allows you to be a part of the movement to end cruelty. Supporting their mission is critical.

No Dogs Left Behind 5 pillars of rescue include emergency rescue; shelter operation protocols; adoption; education; and government advocacy. With these pillars, they are creating meaningful change in China. I can’t say enough good things about this organization and the perfect dog child they gave me!”

~Melanie B.
Chicago

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