Reece & Shawn
Reece was just a puppy when he was rescued from a dog meat truck. We took 12 dogs from that truck that day. All had mange and some ended up with distemper. Reece's skin healed but still he had to wait to be able to travel. He made it to his home Christmas Eve 2019. That's where he met his new family. It's hard to say who is luckier as Reece and his new mom Shawn are both equally amazing! Read Shawn's story below.
2019 was a tough year for us. We lost 2 of our 3 furbabies within 4 months of each other. It was a sad time not only for us but for our 3rd dog, Tripper, as well. I knew it was time to bring another member into our family. I’m involved with a lot of rescues that I help do transports for so I know how many fantastic dogs need home all over the US. By being on Facebook I was aware of the atrocities that happen in China with dogs, I just didn’t know you could adopt one until one of my rescue friends, M Velma, adopted Bob, a French bulldog. She is the one who let me know about Eva and Saving Harbin Dogs. One day there was a picture of a fluffy little puppy named Reese and he stole my heart! To think of him as a 6 week old baby living over there and destined to be tortured and eaten well it just broke my heart! I knew I needed him as much as he needed us! I reached out to Eva and she explained the process of how the adoption would work. On December 24, 2019 my mother and I drove to Logan Airport in Boston and we met the wonderful flight volunteers who brought not only my Reece (I changed the spelling of his name to reflect the start of his new life in the US) but a poodle my mom adopted and named Holly and another poodle that coincidently a woman in the next town from me was adopting!
Being involved in rescue I was aware it would take time for Reece to adjust. We tell adoptive homes it takes 3 days for a dog to decompress, 3 weeks to start to know your routine and 3 months to feel at home. Having Tripper helped Reece feel more confident which was a big help. He was very scared of my boyfriend Ian for those first three months. Slowly he has become more comfortable with him but is still scared when meeting new people especially. We often wondered what he went through at such a young age. Those wounds, though not visible, are starting to heal thank Goodness. He is the sweetest, gentlest and most adorable dog. We are anxiously awaiting another member from Saving Harbin Dogs to join our family whenever the COVID travel bans are lifted!