Charity Flies Dozens Of Dogs Rescued From Chinese Meat Trade To New York
No Dogs Left Behind flew the group of pooches from Beijing to JFK airport in New York, where it will now place them with brand-new forever homes.
The organisation runs a shelter in China and has saved hundreds of dogs since it was set up back in 2016.
A clip shared on the No Dogs Left Behind Instagram page shows the dogs safely stowed away inside travel cages shortly after arriving at the airport where they were given water and treats before getting ready to meet their new owner.
Speaking to The New York Post, Carly Weinstein who was waiting to pick up her new pet - a cute miniature poodle named Lola - said it was an 'amazing' gift that she'd spent six months waiting for.
She told the news outlet: "I'm feeling amazing - I can't wait to get home.
"It's an amazing Christmas gift. The best."
An 11-year-old girl who was there with her folks to pick up her new dog, Cherry, told the New York Post: "I'm going to love her with all my heart."
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Jeff Bari, who heads the organisation, said: "Thirty-four survivors have landed from the brutality of China's illegal dog trafficking.
"No Dogs Left Behind fights the fight on the front lines. The good fight.
"Global animal welfare laws are in order, and until that happens, we will continue to fight. We will sanction and we will boycott until change happens."
A second flight carrying an additional 45 dogs is due to land at the weekend.
Speaking to the New York Post, Bari said: "This by far is the largest transport that we have done.
"These dogs... are my heroes, the adopters are my heroes who've waited for their dogs for almost a year now and every dog that walks the streets is an ambassador for the cruelty-free movement that we're fighting for."
He went on to say that there's another 120-135 dogs expected to make the same journey in early 2021.
To find out more about the organisation, you can check out its site here.
Featured Image Credit: No Dog Left Behind
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