In a sanctuary, a little, frail Husky crouched against a wall. She and about 2,000 other pups were saved from trucks on their route to dog meat slaughterhouses on a site in Harbin, China.
Despite the fact that the dogs have been rescued from certain de.a.th, there are far too many dogs at the shelter to care for, thus the property’s owner periodically allows Harbin Slaughterhouse Survivors Animal Rescue (Harbin SHS) to take in the dogs in need of immediate assistance.
Harriet was a perfect example of this.
She was crouched in a corner, her fur matted and falling out, very underweight, and so small and weak that they mistook her for a puppy.
Hayley Hayes-Fitzgerald, Aimee Clarke, and Emily Parker are all Harbin expats who work as teachers during the day and volunteer as animal rescuers in their spare time.
“We began rescuing animals together in our spare time in the summer of 2016 after noticing the enormous number of animals in need in Harbin and throughout China,” the trio stated on their website.
They’ve rescued nearly 600 pets in just a few years.
They took Harriet to a vet facility after picking her up and were startled to hear she was only 8 months old. Her tiny stature is most likely due to malnutrition.
She was groomed by the rescuers, who gave her a shave, a wash, and lots of cuddles.
Apart from a lack of food, Harriet was in good health.
Hinman told the Dodo, “She was very gentle and docile.” “Shaving off all her fur took a long time, yet she sat there patiently and never barked or hissed. That made an impression on me. She’d been through a lot, and she was naturally gentle, playful, and friendly, like many of the other pets Harbin SHS rescues.”
As Harriet’s health improved, a woman halfway around the world saw her photo on the internet and decided she wanted to adopt her. Rosee Vallee, who resides in Canada, met Harriet in San Francisco after a volunteer from Harbin SHS travelled with her to the United States.
Vallee has been doing everything she can to make the dog she calls her “princess” happy since she arrived at her new home, including going on road trips, canoe rides on Lake Louise, and adoring everyone she meets, including her three doggie siblings (one of which is another rescue dog from Harbin SHS).
Hinman stated, “I see her now and it just melts my heart.” “When I think of all the individuals that came together to aid her, I think of them as the true heroes of the narrative. Harriet is a fantastic illustration of how every dog deserves a second chance.”