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Expat rescues stray dogs in Beijing

2011-11-30 03:27:40 GMT2011-11-30 11:27:40(Beijing Time)  City Weekend

Expat rescues stray dogs in Beijing

Expat rescues stray dogs in Beijing

Expat rescues stray dogs in Beijing

In Beijing, it’s common for an entire neighborhood to be demolished to make way for something newer, bigger, better. When this happens, everybody’s got to go. Unfortunately, many pets get left behind.

This is where writer/translator-turned-animal rescuer Chris Barden comes in.

Barden began rescuing stray animals with a group of friends a few years ago, but since then his operation—and popularity—has skyrocketed. Following the group rescue of 89 sick dogs from a meat truck last year, his Weibo account exploded from 4,000 to 22,500 followers, effectively arming him with a legion of sympathizers and a partnership with a veterinary hospital in Beijing.

Surprisingly, the rescued dogs had an astounding 80 percent survival rate. But, with the hospital’s ad hoc shelter unable to accommodate all of them, Barden found himself with 21 dogs in need of a home. Luck was on his side when a woman called him late one evening asking for help in catching an old, one-eyed stray in Shunyi. It later came to light that she knew a lady who knew a lady who knew about a space designated for animal husbandry outside Fifth Ring Road—the perfect place for a shelter.

Barden now works 10-hour days at his 领养小铺 or Little Adoption Shop in Shunyi.

At present, he has 35 dogs in his care. He prepares their meals, walks them and bathes them. He has a few volunteers, but could always use more. He could also use money and item donations for improving the dogs’ quality of life. At the top of Barden’s wish list are food, bedding, medical supplies, toys and leashes.

Animal lovers with warm, loving homes can call Barden about adopting or fostering any of the rescued dogs at 136-8360-2305. All of the dogs are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and clean. “As with humans, animal adoptions are massively hard to coordinate, but it defeats the purpose of rescuing an animal if you can’t find it a good home,” Barden says.

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