China’s dog meat trade is no secret to the world. Some dogs are stolen and grabbed from the streets to be part of the trade. When the number of canines that were killed increased, several organizations rescued the dogs and helped them find their forever homes.
One of them is Angel the Belgian Shepherd, who Rushton Dog Rescue rescued in 2015. The group is based in Somerset in England and rescues dogs from all over the world. They have a big network of donors and volunteers and has rescued more than 4000 different animals at present.
Rushton Dog Rescue flew in Angel to the United Kingdom all the way from China. She eventually found her forever home with Hollie, a military dog handler. When her hooman met her, she still had scars on her face, which she probably got from the wired cage she was placed for the dog meat trade.
Angel’s battle scars made it difficult for her to breathe and caused deformations on her face. She underwent facial surgery, but it was not enough to improve her breathing problems. To better understand the pupper’s medical conditions, she had to undergo a CT scan.
Hollie knew that the CT would not be cheap, but she was passionate about helping the pooch so she created an Instagram account where people can donate, and it worked. The initial CT scan cost around £2,500 and a follower on Instagram sent the money right away.
Unfortunately, the scan’s results showed that Angel’s scar on her nose was covering her nostrils, making it hard for her to breathe. This meant that the pooch needed another surgery. Mollie knew it was the only way to improve the pup’s condition.
However, another operation would be expensive. But with the help of the pup’s 31,000 Instagram followers, they were able to raise $6,000 on the pup’s GoFundMe page. The funds were used for the pup’s operation which turned out to be successful.
Angel’s medical expenses reached up to £7,500 which her hooman couldn’t afford if she was alone. Hollie is deeply grateful to everyone who helped her save her fur baby. At present, the pup no longer has breathing problems and is living her best life in her new home with Hollie.
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