Think of it as an underdog railroad. It runs clear from slaughterhouses in parts of South Korea and China all the way across the ocean to California.
For years, it’s been a lifeline for countless dogs rescued from the meat industry.
And if that railroad had an engineer, it would be Marc Ching. As founder of the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Ching has made many trips to regions where the dog meat trade persists.
He’s negotiated the release of hundreds of dogs, sending them back to the United States, where staff and volunteers at his foundation have found homes for them across the country.
So you won’t blame the latest batch of dogs arriving from South Korea — 13 tiny dogs saved from slaughter — for doing a happy dance when they tumbled out of their crates last month.
This railroad, you see, has no room for baggage. These dogs, including a pregnant mom, who wasted little time in giving birth to a litter of puppies when she arrived, don’t drag the past along with them.
“They get over it,” Fern White, a longtime volunteer at the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation says. “They’re different from humans and leave the past behind. They know they are safe.”
And while this railroad doesn’t take luggage, it does have all the space in the world for dreams.
“When we get them from the airport and release them from the crates they just go crazy with happiness,” she adds. “You can see it. Like little munchkins running all over the place. They will never know suffering and pain again, ever. Ever.”
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