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Amazing Woman Travels 1,652 Miles And Pays Over $1,000 To Rescue 100 Dogs From Yulin Meat Market

Written by: Modi Ramos
| Published on June 22, 2015

If one thing is for certain, Yang Xiaoyun is an amazing woman. Now a retired school teacher, at the age of 65 she is still working hard. But instead of teaching, she has come out of retirement to completely dedicate her life to saving the lives of animals in need. Single-handedly, this woman has saved thousands of animals from being euthanized–or even worse, eaten in her home country of China. She’s dedicated her life to saving animals, and provided them refuge in her home. Yang believes that these animals need her, and she will do whatever she can to rescue any animal that she finds to save them from the likely possibility of death if captured.

A behind-the-scenes look of Yang waiting by the cages of stray/captured dogs she’s purchased: 

Animal lover Yang Xiaoyun (L) uses a mobile phone next to a cage accommodating dogs which she purchased from dog vendors to rescue them from dog meat dealers at a temporary shelter ahead of a local dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, June 21, 2015. Local residents in Yulin host small gatherings to consume dog meat and lychees during the festival, which falls on Monday this year, in celebration of the summer solstice which marks the coming of the hottest days. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon  - RTX1HGUK

Over the past weekend as social media went in a frenzy over the Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, we broke a story of Yang’s ambition to travel to the city of Yulin to rescue animals from being killed for sport–just as she had done last year. Well, after traveling 1,652 miles, she came to the rescue of 100 dogs that were on the brink of being murdered. It was reported that Yang paid $1,100 for the dogs to be released to her.

This image is of Yang touring the cages, where these poor dogs were awaiting their tragic fate: 


In recent years the summer solstice tradition in the city of Yulin has created intense controversy, even sparking the #StopYulin2015 campaign across all of social media in recent weeks. The world has tired of turning a blind eye to the cruelty of animals in China, and the Chinese government is certainly feeling the angry outcry from animal activists worldwide. Despite the festival continuing, Yang gave all that she could and was successfully in her efforts of saving the lives of dogs who needed her. We thank her for all that she does; her bravery and courage is moving beyond words! Share this woman’s incredible story with your friends!

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