When the coronavirus outbreak in China started, there was a lot of information circulating about how the virus can be transmitted. People were already scared, and news about dogs can be potential carriers made it even more frightening, especially for the dog owners of China. Scared, Chinese dog owners started abandoning their pet dogs because of the rumors spreading about dogs being carriers of the virus.
It was later proven that there wasn’t any truth to the rumors. Dogs and cats are unaffected by the virus, and they aren’t carriers. However, it was already too late. Tens of thousands of dogs who once had homes are now homeless and left to fend for themselves in the streets of Chinese cities. With nowhere to go, these dogs were also in danger of getting killed because of fears of being carriers of the virus.
Thankfully, there are animal rescue organizations in China that intervened and helped save the abandoned dogs. One animal rescue organization working closely to rescue the abandoned dogs in China is Lost Puppies. The founder of Lost Puppies, Alex Cukor, is actively working with other animal rescuers in Beijing to help find homes for the abandoned dogs. Alex and her fellow volunteers are fostering as many dogs as they can and are working really hard to find them a new forever home.
The rescue’s efforts went viral, and many people started contacting Lost Puppies looking to re-home a dog or even cats within a matter of two days. Requests flooded Alex’s organization. A lot of these people were expatriates leaving China amidst the crisis and have no way to bring their dogs with them.
Amidst all the bad news, there has been a lot of good news as well. Many of the abandoned dogs have finally found either a foster or forever homes. The animal rescue volunteers in China are continuing their efforts to make people aware that dogs can’t be carriers of the virus and also to re-home dogs that have already been abandoned. Here’s a video showing the massive efforts of animal rescue organizations in China to help save abandoned dogs and find them a forever home.
Video Source CNA via YouTube