Maggie & Phil
Beautiful Maggie (formerly Gloria) was rescued last year. She was only about 2 years old when her cruel owner wanted to sell her to a dog meat truck. She was with us for a while until Phil spotted this beauty. The timing was perfect because she ended up in the perfect home for her...continue reading below for their story.
It was a little over a year ago when my family’s life was changed. This includes my current dog Dusty. Little did we know what joy was about to be brought into our lives by our Maggie. It was April of 2019 when I saw a friend of mine post a picture and story about a dog her family had recently adopted from China. I was not even aware of this adoption process or even why it was occurring. I browsed over to Saving Harbin Dogs and began to read and browse the photos of the pups. The whole process of why this was happening and the second chance all these pets were given kept me very intrigued. As I continued to browse through the photos of the now available dogs I saw her for the first time “Gloria”! Being an owner of an already 2-year-old yellow lab she instantly caught my eye. I couldn’t believe such a beautiful girl like her was experiencing such a traumatic life experience. Immediately I reached out to find out more information on her and what was all entailed with the process. Eva quickly replied and provided all the answers to my questions. I showed her to my wife and instant love happened. I knew we had to have her in our family. The process was now underway to get her out! It was actually quicker and easier than I expected. The payment was submitted and “Gloria” was scooped up and her new journey was just beginning. We got her on the last airplane seat en route to JFK Airport. Two weeks had passed and we were on our way to the airport. Not knowing what to expect from “Gloria” or my current dog, we had all kinds of emotions going on from excitement to worry. Well, let me tell you what! Once we got her at the airport she walked right to our car hopped in and sat. She was already family and I knew we made the right decision. She is full of energy and I can’t even explain the love she gives. Kind-hearted, gentle also mischievous but she knows this is her new family and will be forever. When we got her home there was some hesitation on my current dog’s approach so we eased them together and now I think they have a better bond then I do with her. They follow each other and play as if they were raised from birth. When they are tired they sleep together and snuggle. This is just a quick excerpt of what she has brought into our lives. It still blows my mind to know the horror these animals are put through. Every day that I look at her I know we made the best decision. She is and always was a part of my family even when she wasn’t here. She was meant to be with us! I just want to thank Eva Dudas and all who are a part of Saving Harbin Dogs. We truly are saviors of these animals and without you, we all know where their lives would have been. Below are just a few of the pictures we have among 100’s more. If you are thinking or questioning if you should take this journey. My answer to you would be DO IT! Life-changing experience for not only you and your family but giving these gentle animals a true second chance at a life that they truly deserve!!
Frank & Kariann
Little Frank was rescued in December 2018. Frank was one of 15 lucky ones, saved from a dog meat truck. He was put into the "little yard" with several others so they would have a safe place while they healed and searched for their forever homes. There were several pugs on the truck that day and they were all sick with pneumonia. It took a bit longer for them to heal and start vaccinations. Timing is everything though and patience paid off for Frank when he hit the jackpot! While Frank was healing, Kariann happened upon his picture...continue reading below for their story.
Finding Frank was total luck! One day, I happened to be scrolling through Facebook and I came across Monty’s Mission (this was the rescue Eva Saving Harbin Dogs founder was part of at the time) and I started following them. We had lost a pug about 2 years earlier and I was kind of starting to look for another one, but not seriously.
One December day, I saw that the rescue had stopped a meat truck and rescued 15 dogs from it, 4 of them being pugs. I eventually reached out to them asking if the pugs were available and what the process was, as I did not know anyone that had rescued from China before. I eventually received the application and filled it out, but I never submitted it. I asked about them again in early March, figuring that I missed my chance at getting one and a few weeks later I got a message telling me that the pugs were finally ready to be adopted and that they had one left if I was interested in him. I was super excited, but nervous because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I asked a million questions and asked to see pictures of him, but as soon as I saw his sweet little face, I fell in love with him and had to have him!
Frank is a perfect fit for us! From the first day he was with us, he fit in just right. He adjusted to his new life here quickly. He also gave our older dog some new life. He has just the right amount of energy, but certainly likes to lay around and sleep too. He is the cuddliest, most snuggly, loving dog we have ever had! He is super friendly and laid back with everyone he meets. His favorite things to do are lick my husband’s head, play with his favorite toy which is the one he got from the rescue when he got off the plane, have his belly rubbed, and eat! He loves to eat!!
Before I came across this rescue, I had heard about the Chinese meat trade, but I didn’t really know all that much about it. I have certainly learned a lot! I would not think twice about rescuing from Saving Harbin Dogs again! I truly believe that these dogs know what they were saved from and how lucky they are. Since we rescued Frank, 3 other people that I know personally that live near me have also adopted amazing dogs from Saving Harbin Dogs.
Wangcai & Hayalsu
It was around this time last year that our founder, Eva, committed to finding Wangcai a home. He was originally rescued from Hangzhou in the fall of 2018 when the police were killing dogs in the streets. They were also going into people's homes, taking dogs from owners and killing them in very brutal ways. Wangcai was rescued by a rescuer in Beijing who ask us for help in finding him the perfect home. Last year when we had a flight scheduled to head to Miami we had space for one more dog and Wangcai got his shot at a new life. We were finally able to fulfill our promise to him to get him out of China. When he landed in Florida he met his foster mom Hayalsu. I'll let you read how she became a "foster failure" and found her newest family member, Wangcai.
I lost my dog due to cancer last year and I didnt feel ready to adopt a new furry friend. One day, I felt the urge to foster. We decided to foster a dog and I reached out to Good Karma Pet Rescue. A couple of weeks later, they reached out to me and shared a photo of Wangcai. When I saw his photo, I knew there was something special about him! We fell for his witty looks! The next thing we know was that he was coming to Miami the next day and we picked him up. He had a very long flight and his setting totally changed. However, he adapted to his life in Miami very quickly. On his first day, we brought him to the dog park and witnessed his amazing running and social skills. He wasn’t aggressive, he was very curious and luckily he adapted to our life style very quickly. He is afraid of loud noises and he is cautious with human beings but he is very friendly with animals, he learns super quick, loves running and he has amazing jumps. He is also great with solving puzzles. He is our little fox. We had heard about the Chinese meat trade before but we did not know how common and brutal it was. We also did not know about police drowning dogs and beating them up. We’re thankful to Saving Harbin Dogs for saving Wangcai and many others. He became a big part of our life and adapted quickly. I think the biggest change was the fact that he eased my pain of losing my best friend. He changed our routine forever and we love having him as our family member. As you can see we ended up as foster failures after 3 weeks. Wangcai also has his own Instagram profile @wangcailouie. We would love to save another furry friend one day! We were happy to refer friends to Saving Harbin Dogs for adoption. What they do for these lives is pretty amazing!
Angie & Rachel
The first time our founder Eva saw Angie in the shelter was back in April 2019. She took a photo of her but didn't take her out of there. That day we took about ten dogs out - all very sick. The second time Eva saw Angie was the first week of May 2019. It was raining, and when our team arrived at the shelter they could see the dogs had no food. They asked the shelter staff about it. They said there was no money to buy food. Eva started crying, walking around helplessly. She took some dogs out that day - an old pregnant dog, some really matted poodles and as she was walking out she saw Angie's face. Most dogs hadn't eaten for three days and Angie just looked so sad with those big eyes. She was used for breeding before she was sold to a dog meat truck. Then she was saved and now she was starving. Eva couldn't leave without her again. She waited almost three months for her freedom flight and at the end of July when she flew to Compassionate Pug Rescue who worked together with Good Karma Pet Rescue in Florida and they found her a great home with Rachel. Keep reading to see Rachel's experience.
I had heard of the Chinese meat trade and have always been sickened by it. I really I try not to look at it. A friend from HS works over in China and would post pictures of some of the markets with giant bug pictures and even him eating them. That would make me sick in itself seeing huge creepy crawlers on a skewer. I have volunteered for my local rescue for almost 15 years Compassionate Pug Rescue and have adopted all but one of my babies from here. We committed to taking Angie with a group of dogs from Good Karma Pet Rescue and Big Ranch Dog Rescue. Angie was going to fly on the plane with the flight volunteer Deven. As soon as I saw her picture I knew I had to meet this little girl and give her hugs and kisses. I had just lost a pug in April who was my life and I stayed up to the wee hours giving oxygen to, and another one in July, a hospice foster who stole my heart and needed a great deal medical attention as she was in Kidney failure. I wasn't ready for another dog. Especially one like Angie who was going to need a lot of attention between her skin, vet appts etc. However, Harebear (HB my pug) & I were both grieving and couldn't help but fall in love with Angie. We brought her home and she was scared and apprehensive of everything, even kibble, as she had been eating cornmeal & water in the shelter (when they hadn't run out). That was the day Eva knew she had to get her after leaving her prior and I knew I needed her! She would jump and shake at every sound and sight. Not trusting anything, or anyone really but her big brother HB. She would get right up to his mouth to smell what he was chewing. She was like a baby seeing the world for the 1st time. A flower. Oh goodness a flower. The way she smelled it curiously was so adorable, I'll never forget. I always spoke to her gently, reassured her, pet her, told her what a good girl she was and promised her she would never suffer another day in her life. So as you could imagine potty training was hard bc she was easily distracted. She hated her medicated baths (which she needed 3x a week). I tried the bathtub (silly mommy) what a huge mistake. Big tub, lots of noises, lots of trembling, oh no what did I do to my baby? We waited until the next day I put her in the sink, Kenny G , candles and we made it through. It took Angie longer than other dogs I've seen rescued from China to adjust, but we don't know exactly what happened to her & of course every dog is different to begin with. Angie was the perfect antidote for my grieving heart. I needed her as much as she needed me. My entire family fell in love with her from the start & my nephew would sleep over just to be able to cuddle with her. She absolutely adores my niece & nephew, as they do her and they facetime together. My 2yo niece will tilt her head back & forth while Angie does and my 7yo nephew loves remembering all of her nicknames and trying to come up with more. Angie goes crazy if she hears their voices or my mom and sisters & runs around looking for them. Angie has come full circle. She has learned all the routines, loves to go bye bye in the car (where her brother acts as a seatbelt to protect her), gets her groom on to be a pretty girl and is an amazing fun little girl. She has developed these adorable little gremlin sounds when she's excited. I couldn't love her anymore than I do. Rescuing her from China was the best! Knowing I saved her from the Chinese Meat Market makes her all that more special and i would do it again in a heartbeat!
Coco & Toni
Beautiful Coco (formerly Kiwi) was saved from the countryside when the village people wanted to sell her to a slaughterhouse. Luckily she was saved and put into the little yard. From there we knew we had to find her a home. She was pulled from the little yard and it wasn't long before this little girl found her forever family. Toni spotted this little girl as she was searching for her next best friend. Here is Toni's story...
Always an animal lover, I currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats. Last year I lost 2 of my dogs and I was heart broken. I rescued Doug from a rescue in Kentucky last summer after I lost CJ, our dog for 13 years. Shortly after we lost CJ, we lost Azzy, another rescue from Louisianna that I had only have for about 2 years. Those were hard loses. After Azzy died, I thought I needed to wait a while. But, then I kept seeing posts on line for all kinds of dogs that needed a home. It wasn't long before I causally started to look. I was originally looking for a beagle cause that was what Azzy was. I was specific in what I wanted though, Adult, female, lazy, good with people and cats and preferable house broken. I couldn't find one. My son had told me he wanted a small dog, one he could carry around. I had always had bigger dogs and really didn't want a small dog but wanted to get him something that he wanted. I changed my search criteria to small dog, but still needed to be lazy, adult, good with cats (I have 4) and people. Chances Bridges to Home popped up and there was a dog that I was interested in. By the time I reached out, had already been adopted. I had heard about people adopting from China from the meat trade. I was now following Chances on facebook and was seeing more and more beautiful dogs with terrible stories. I kept coming back to this site. I tried for another dog, but it too was adopted. I then reached out to Beth and told her what I was looking for and she sent me a picture of Coco (then Kiwi). Just something about her, I said I'll take her. I really didn't know much about her but luckily she fit all the criteria. It was a few weeks before I could get her but I kept getting pictures and some videos. I couldn't wait to meet her. The day she arrived, I was actually away so couldn't get her directly from the airport. Beth got her for me and kept her until I could get her the next day. From the moment I saw her, she has been nothing but pure love and joy. She fit all my criteria-lazy-if youre lying down she is with you. Would sleep 24 hours a day if you let her. She loves to eat but picky at the same time. When I come home from work she has a real playful side-she has some stuffed animals that she will get playing with and growling and throwing around, you think she was killing them! She also likes to play catch with them. She loves the dog park-acts at least 50 lbs bigger than she is-all bark though, no bite. She is tolerant of my other dog but they always have theirs eyes on each other and don't separate them. She loves my one cat the most and the 2 of them are usually together, if my son or I aren't right there. Wherever you are, she is. As I was writing this she was lying right on the floor at my feet. She loves unconditionally and makes me smile all the time. She is what I look forward to seeing when I walk in the door. After I got her, I messaged Saving Harbin Dogs founder Eva to find out some history. Sadly not much is known and what she was able to tell me, about where she came from, breaks my heart. I am so thankful to Eva and the people she works with in China for getting her off the meat truck and into safety. I am grateful for Beth for being the Canadian contact to arrange all of this. I would absolutely rescue from this organization again, I have referred to friends and I think one of them is waiting to get their new fur baby.
Wilma & Jamie
Little Wilma (formerly Sadie) had such a terrible life before we were able to rescue her. Her journey with us started when she was on a dog meat truck. Luckily, she was pulled from the truck before meeting the terrible fate that so many dogs in China do. After being pulled off the truck she was then put in the shelter. Life is still hard in the shelter and while there, Wilma got pregnant. Wilma gave birth to two puppies (Jax and Jake who traveled to Canada at the beginning of September 2019). Wilma took time to heal, she had such terrible skin disease and had to be shaved. She was also absolutely terrified of people but we knew this girl would soon learn what love truly is. Jamie, her adopter, was just the one to show her. Read on to see the experience Jamie had finding Wilma and their life together now.
I found Wilma (formerly Sadie) through Chance's Bridge to home. My coworker had adopted Raymond a few months before and we were all in love with him. I wasn't planning to adopt a dog myself, but loved to look at all the new dogs Beth (from Chance's Bridge to Home) would post. The second I saw the picture of Wilma I contacted Beth immediately. I grew up with schnauzers and I couldn't resist. She was so gorgeous and had the sweetest face. So I spoke to Beth and then she was mine. I had to wait 2 long months before she arrived in Montreal, but it was so worth the wait. I had heard of the Chinese meat trade before, and was so sickened by it. But you can't really grasp it until you meet one of these amazing, loving, sweet dogs and see how scared they are that you can really even begin to grasp how bad it is for them. Wilma is truly the sweetest, most amazing dog I've ever met. Since the second I picked her up from the airport we have been inseparable. When we first got her, she was so scared and shy, but you could see how badly she wanted to be loved and how hard she was trying to be comfortable with us. It took about 24 hours for her to relax around me and my husband, and about a week for her personality to start coming out. She is so sweet, loving, and hilarious. Both my other dog and cat adore her, my husband adores her, and she just fit perfectly into our family. She LOVES meal time, and getting a treat makes her entire day. She used to cower when we would try and pet her, but now she often comes up to us and paws our hand asking us to pet her. She is of course still timid of new people, but she has never shown any type of aggression towards any one or any animal. Even after everything she's been through, and how horribly she has been treated by other people, she doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Adopting her was one of the best things we've ever done. I cant recommend adopting a dog from Saving Harbin Dogs more.
Ping Ping & Kim
Little Ping Ping came to us when she was rescued by a local rescuer in Sichuan we work with. Her story all too familiar, saved from slaughter. We knew this beautiful girl wouldn't have to look long for someone to spot her and inquire about adopting her. That's where Kim comes in. Kim got her application in and she was a perfect fit! Below is Kim's story of her experience saving this beautiful girl and giving her an amazing home where she is completely loved and spoiled!
I always knew of these horrible places called wet markets and slaughter houses but I never wanted to give them much thought or really believe they actually existed. A good friend of mine, is an advocate for the rescues that save these meat trade dogs . That's when I met her newly adopted French Bulldog, Bessie. She explained what life is like for these dogs, what horrendous deaths they are saved from, and what we can do to help. There was no doubt at that time, we would welcome one of these dogs into our home. I was introduced to Saving Harbin Dogs.
When searching the website, I found Izzy, now named Ping Ping. She looked so tiny, fragile, and frightened. Frenchies hardly ever have their ears pinned down but she had her ears down in every picture. She looked like a little seal. I couldn't even make out her markings/colors since she would just stay hunched to the ground in fear. I truly had no idea what she completely looked liked except that she had this cute feature of her 2 bottom front teeth sticking out. That's still one of her most unique and adorable characteristics.
Once Ping Ping arrived at JFK my tears started. It was such an amazing feeling. I've rescued so many animals and pets but never from half way around the world. To actually read and see pictures about this and realize you are making a huge difference in their life. It was such a over whelming feeling, she would never have to fear for her life again.
Then came the tears of sadness. She only crawled because she was terrified and completely avoided men. She didn't know what it was to be a dog. She didn't understand what a toy was or even a treat. The touch of grass on her feet made her lay in place. It all broke my heart. With patience and love an amazing transformation happened- she doubled in weight, loves all her toys, especially her ball, begs for her food, and runs in the grass even in the rain. She lives with many other fur siblings, cats and dogs, and loves all humans. There is something extra special about her. You can see it in her eyes, maybe its her saying thank you, or that she is always so happy and wears that "frenchie smile" so well. Whatever it may be, she melts our hearts and we would do it all over again. And we will adopt again!
Howie & Becky
This week we share Howie's story via video. When Howie came to us he was in bad shape, his skin disease was so bad. While Howie was healing, Becky spotted this handsome boy. The rest is a heartwarming story you need to hear. Check out the video of how this sweet boy came to us and hear directly from Becky about her experience adopting and giving Howie his forever home.
Murphy & Aubrey (and Family)
Murphy came to our rescue in July 2019. He was a tiny emaciated little boy. Murphy didn't have to wait long before he hit the family jackpot! About a year ago Aubrey and her family decided they were finally ready for another dog, after losing their boxer in 2016. She and her husband decided that they wanted to rescue. In April 2019 they started their search and spent months looking for a dog that was the right fit. They kept coming up empty. They ne...eded the right dog as he would be joining a house with 4 little girls. By July they still didn't find the right fit. Just as Aubrey was about to give up searching her sister tagged her in a Facebook post of this beautiful French Bulldog. As soon as she saw him she knew he belonged with her family. At the time she didn’t know much about the dog meat trade and the horrors that these dogs experience. Aubrey got in contact with Eva who answered every question she had about him and what it would take to bring him home to her family. She had originally found Murphy in early August but he wasn’t able to fly until fall because he is a short nosed breed and they can’t fly in the heat of summer. Finally, it was fall, time to pick up the new addition. When the time came to pick him up Aubrey was really nervous. Aubrey, her husband and one of her daughters made the 2 hour drive from PA to JFK airport in NY. She tells us the minute Murphy came out of his crate she knew he was home. He too knew that they were his people. Aubrey says he is an absolute dream of a dog, healthy and happy....everything they could have hoped for. Murphy is funny and playful, yet loves to just hang on the couch and snuggle up to whoever is available. He will sleep with you, under the covers, (snoring loudly) for as long as you stay there. He loves to be in the yard with the kids, loves walks and car rides and is always so calm and well behaved. Everyone who meets him falls in love with his personality. He’s a total love bug. He’s inspired at least two more people she knows to rescue from China and countless others who have put Saving Harbin Dogs on their radar. Aubrey and her family know for sure they will eventually add another pup to their family in the future.
Chyna & Dean
Back in early September 2019 a truck carrying several dogs headed for slaughter arrived at the local shelter in Harbin. Local shelter volunteers asked us to help as many as we could. That day we pulled 12 dogs. Chyna (formerly Nicole) was one of those lucky little pups. Chyna was brought to one of our vet clinics to be examined and treated. She was so scared. Though she was emaciated this little girl was lucky to test negative for infectious diseases (several dogs from that truck had tested positive for distemper). Chyna did have a skin condition so she began treatment so she could heal. Meanwhile in Toronto Canada, Dean had decided to adopt again after loosing his 2 beautiful Beagliers in 2018 and 2019. Dean found our partner rescue Chance's Bridge to Home through his good friend. Dean had never heard about the Chinese meat trade before. He contacted them and was connected to our Saving Harbin Dogs founder Eva. They discussed pups that would compliment his living and work schedule. He didn't have to search very long at all and was instantly drawn to Chyna. It was her sad eyes that were heart breaking and he knew on the spot that she needed to be with him. In December, Dean and Chyna finally met. Chyna settled in far better than Dean had expected. She found her bed right away and settled in, quite exhausted. She was great with house training and only had 2 accidents. She had a bit of separation anxiety the first couple months when Dean would go to work. Now, Chyna knows that he is coming back and she doesn't need to worry. Sometimes she even gets to join Dean at his office! The timing could not have been better for Dean. He lived alone and it would have been pretty quiet for him. Chyna arrived just in time to provide him with amazing company. He tells us he needed her as much as she needed him. He also intentionally named her Chyna for a very specific reason. People would ask Dean her name and that gave him an opening to tell her story and spread the word about the dogs and conditions in China. And it worked!! Three more couples each adopted soon after he adopted Chyna. Now Chyna is living the life she always deserved with Dean by her side. They couldn't be happier together!