Florida animal rescuers save 20 dogs from Chinese meat market


Category:  Pets & Animals

Via:  suz  •  4 years ago  •  21 comments

By:   Michael Ruiz

Florida animal rescuers save 20 dogs from Chinese meat market
The dogs were at risk of being slaughtered for food, according to rescuer Kristine Minerva.

Definitely a feel good story! 

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A Florida animal shelter says it has helped rescue 20 golden retrievers from winding up on a meat market menu in China in a monthslong rescue operation involving volunteers on two continents.

"I had a dream, and on Sunday it became a reality," Kristine Minerva, who organized the project, told Fox News in an email Tuesday. "One woman put this together and spearheaded this mission and she rocked it!"

The dogs were at risk of being slaughtered for food, according to Minerva. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, which hamstrung normal fundraising efforts, she helped raise $60,000 for the rescue mission. She said she couldn’t have done the rescue without help from more than a dozen supportive small businesses, the families who adopted the dogs and other supporters, including Taiwan's SPCA and PETA.

Minerva arranged for the dogs to leave mainland China on Wednesday, stop for an 11-hour layover in Tawain, refuel in Anchorage, Alaska, and finally land in Miami on Friday afternoon, according to Golden Rescue South Florida (GRSF).

But due to a mechanical problem and another delay, the dogs languished in Taiwan for 40 hours before they finally took off.

"No one in the Rescue slept Friday night or Saturday night," GRSF wrote on its website. "But, NOW THE GOOD NEWS! They arrived Sunday morning."

Another 20 volunteers met the dogs at the airport when they arrived Sunday morning, according to Golden Rescue. Once they cleared customs, they were found "in remarkable shape" despite a harrowing journey that included five days being stuck in their cages. The volunteers set to work cleaning them up -- the dogs had not been given walks or let out during the entire five-day stretch.

Finally, the group met their new adoptive families in time for the holidays, the rescue group said.

The rescued retrievers include Menu Meng, who only has three legs and will now go by Tipsy.

"This is the happiest day in 2020 for me," Katie Brown, one of the adopters, told WSVN. "The fact that we’ve been waiting so long for these dogs to arrive, it’s been such a long journey, and to have her here, it means everything. It truly is making our year."

"Thank God we got her," Patrick McGrath, who adopted another one of the dogs, told NBC 2 of his rescued golden retriever. "She will have a life."

Minerva works two jobs as a teacher and as a server at Outback in addition to volunteering with the rescue and handling the logistics of transporting the dogs to American soil, the group said. The process took six months and the most difficult part of the project was getting the dogs cleared to fly to the U.S. from Taiwan.

More images of the rescues are available on GRSF’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

GRSF says it limits its adoptions to the East Coast of Florida and performs home visits and follow-up inspections on all adopters. 


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Professor Principal
2  Kavika     4 years ago

Great story.

Paula Bartholomew
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3  Paula Bartholomew    4 years ago

I just had a bad flashback to a show years ago that involved cats instead of dogs.  Good story Suz.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
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4  Perrie Halpern R.A.    4 years ago

Great story Suz! Made me smile. Nice to know that humanity still lives.

Professor Principal
5  JohnRussell    4 years ago

Great job by the rescuers. Dogs are man's best friend, at least in America. 

Professor Principal
6  devangelical    4 years ago

brown or white rice? which vegetables would accompany best? /s

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6.1  Dulay  replied to  devangelical @6    4 years ago

The Lewis and Clark expedition preferred them roasted. 

Buzz of the Orient
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7  Buzz of the Orient    4 years ago

I'm glad to see that rescue.  One does have to realize - different cultures, different tastes.  Westerners may look at some Chinese people's diets (I've been offered roasted cicadas, but turned that down) disparagingly, and Chinese people may look at westerners' preferences disparagingly as well, such as Americans' love and need for guns.  I will say that once when I was wandering around Nanning in Guanxi Autonomous Region I happened upon a street named "Canine Street" that had many restaurants, and I left that area pretty quickly.  (In Chinese big cities street signs are in Chinese and English.)  In Zhengzhou, Henan Province, someone opened up a hot pot family restaurant that specialized in rabbit, but it closed down pretty quickly because the children lambasted their parents for eating there.  Actually, I've eaten rabbit and it's pretty good.   

Somebody above mentioned cats....


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7.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    4 years ago

You turned down roasted cicadas?!?!?

Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @7.1    4 years ago

I eat all kinds of seafood and other stuff, but there's something about eating insects that kind of turns me off. 


Professor Principal
7.1.2  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.1.1    4 years ago

Looks delicious

Buzz of the Orient
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7.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @7.1.2    4 years ago

Be my guest, enjoy.

Professor Expert
7.3  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    4 years ago

Its interesting how different cultures have different values.

Many Americans would be "disgusted' at the thought of eating Snails-- yet they are a delicacy in France.

In the U.S. we routinely eat Cows-- but in some cultures that would considered pretty barbaric!

Professor Expert
7.3.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @7.3    4 years ago

And in some places they eat insects (Crickets seem to be especially popular).

A Tokyo ramen restaurant with a twist: Broth made from crickets


Buzz of the Orient
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7.3.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @7.3    4 years ago

Well, even being a westerner, I have always liked escargots, oysters (just had some last evening), scallops, etc.

Buzz of the Orient
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7.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @7.3.1    4 years ago

Well, as they say, "chacun a son gout".

Buzz of the Orient
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8  Buzz of the Orient    4 years ago

I was just thinking that the headline just might be somewhat misleading.  The meat market was in Taiwan, and they don't think that they are part of China, so perhaps the headline would be more properly worded saying "Taiwanese Meat Market" or "Taiwan Meat Market", but since it was a report from Fox News I'm not surprised they would do whatever is possible to influence Americans to bash China. 


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