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VOORHEES >> The Animal Welfare Association (AWA) took in three dogs that were rescued from the Chinese dog meat trade on Nov. 29.

Lori Topiel, an AWA volunteer and sponsor, recently rescued her own dog from the Chinese meat trade and connected AWA with an international rescue group. Shanbao, Maggie (top right), and Aman are three dogs lucky enough to be saved from a cruel fate and are currently being sheltered and cared for at AWA.

Other dogs are not as lucky. In China, millions of dogs are bred and inhumanely killed for their meat. “It’s heartbreaking to think how these dogs live,” said Maya Richmond, Executive Director, “These dogs are bred merely for consumption. Once they were no longer useful, they are sold to meat vendors.” For Maggie, it was especially a close call. “Maggie was on a truck on her way to be slaughtered when a heroic woman from the rescue organization plucked her right from the truck,” said Richmond.

AWA will provide Shanbao, Maggie, and Aman with time to adjust. They will receive medical care and extensive behavior rehabilitation and training so they can learn that humans can be loving and kind; ultimately they will be placed into the kind of homes they deserve. They are a long way from the cramped, chicken-wire crates they once lived in.

About Animal Welfare Association

Animal Welfare Association, a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 animal welfare organization, serves the people and animals of southern New Jersey. AWA is dedicated to eliminating animal suffering, promoting the importance of the human-animal bond, and improving the role of animals in the well-being of people. Through a variety of programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy, and humane education, in 2017 over 22,000 pets were served through AWA programming. AWA is South Jersey’s leader in progressive companion animal care.

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