Charity NoToDogMeat’s rescue shelter in Beijing has been hit by a devastating fire that tragically killed two dogs and destroyed the medical facility – now ‘shattered’ staff are asking for help to ‘start from scratch’
A devastating fire has engulfed the NoToDogMeat Rescue Shelter, destroying the centre’s vital medical facility – meaning the team will have to ‘start from scratch’.
Two dogs tragically lost their lives and six other dogs were saved from the fire by volunteers who fought to fight the flames.
The fire was mostly confined to the medical center, where sick and injured dogs were being treated.
The NoToDogMeat shelter in Beijing, China, is home to around 450 dogs, all of whom have been rescued from the dog meat trade, and workers are desperate for help to repair the damage.
The fire was confirmed to have started after rodents gnawed through electrical cables inside the walls of the shelter.
Quin-Xi Zhao, who runs the shelter and was inhaled by smoke during the rescue, said: “It’s one of the most horrible things I’ve ever seen.
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“The victims were one of our disabled dogs, Carly, who we kept there at night because it was warm and cozy, and one of the poodles, Molly, who was still wearing her little pink coat in which the team wrapped her up,” Quin-Xi Zhao explained.
“She and the other six were recovering from spaying and spaying operations.
“It took us four years to build this little center and outfit it with donated items and even an X-ray machine.
“Vet bills are so high in cities, and with this base in rural Hebei, it’s been a lifeline for vets to come in and do small treatments.”
Founded by British lawyer Julia de Cadenet, the shelter is run by volunteers and activists and is funded by donations from China and overseas.
Julia said, “Mr. Zhao is broken, literally broken, he can’t believe that after facing the horrors and Yulin, the police brutality and the slaughterhouse, we would have a victim in our own base.
“He did everything he could. They all did. We didn’t know the rats were digging.
“So we have to start from scratch. We will have to rebuild. The six dogs we have released are all receiving treatment and hopefully they will pull through.”
The charity has launched an urgent appeal to raise funds to help rebuild the medical centre.
If you would like to donate to the cause, you can visit their TotalGiving page.
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