The shelter is run by Chen Yunlian, a 60-year-old retired cosmetics distributor. She cares for more than 900 dogs and 100 cats, including about 100 dogs she adopted following the devastating quake.
"I started down a road," she told the Associated Press, "and I couldn't turn around."
"Olympics approved" restaurants, however, won't serve dog. "Dog meat sales are being suspended as a mark of respect for foreigners and people from ethnic groups," an official told the Beijing Daily newspaper on July 11.
More than a hundred dogs were rescued following the May 12 earthquake. Most are mutts: terrier-Pekingese-pug-poodle mixes with squat bodies, short legs, curly tails, and pointy ears.
"Chinese people prefer purebred dogs, and the mixes probably won't be adopted," Chen Yunlian, who runs the shelter, told the Associated Press on June 27. "But mutts are the most intelligent and affectionate."
Thousands of dogs were killed in the aftermath of the May 12 earthquake out of fears they would fight with humans for food and spread disease.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare entered an agreement with officials in nearby Zun Dao township to prevent a similar slaughter. Instead of culls, dogs there were given rabies vaccinations and given veterinary aid.
Credit: Associated Press