16 years ago, a woman from Handan city in Hebei province closed down her restaurant so that she could focus on her true passion — saving animals.
Since then, 54-year-old Zhao Hua has saved over 6,000 stray dogs and cats from an uncertain fate on the often unkind streets of China by bringing them to her rescue and adoption center.
If the animals are healthy, then Zhao tries to set them up with a new owner for free. If they are sick or disabled then she takes good care of them for as long as she possibly can. Currently, there are more than 400 strays housed at Zhao’s rescue center.
She is helped along in her mission by kindhearted locals who lend a hand by donating some food to help keep the dogs and cats fed.
Which is good, because as we’ve seen in the past, rescuing animals can be expensive work. One former millionaire in Changchun has gone into debt saving hundreds of dogs from the local slaughterhouse, and a Gansu dog lover has spent her entire life savings opening up a shelter of her own for strays.
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