A dog rescued from the Chinese meat trade is enjoying her new life in the UK after being saved by a charity.
Debbie Hairy, a three-year-old spitz puppy, faced death at the hands of butchers at the notorious Yulin Dog Meat Festival before workers with NoToDogMeat He saved her
Now, she is the first of the festival rescuers to arrive in the UK since the pandemic, living in Wendover with Peter and Hayley Finch, who plan to get her out and spread awareness about the charity.
Hayley, 38, works as a press officer for NoToDogMeat and adopted Debbie after working on the story of the dog’s arrival on the first leg of its journey from Beijing to Paris.
She said: “We are so excited to give Debbie a new home, and by sharing her story, Debbie will help raise money for other dogs to come from China as well.”
Debbie looked thin, frail and unkempt before NoToDogMeat helped her recover after she was rescued
Now the adorable pup is enjoying her new life in Wendover, with her new human companions Hayley and Peter.
Hayley Finch (pictured) works for the charity and adopted Debbie after working on her story, following the pup’s journeys from China.
“NoToDogMeat currently has 750 dogs in its Chinese shelters, and all of them need loving homes that aren’t always possible in China due to size restrictions and an unwillingness to adopt.”
Hayley added that Debbie “absolutely loves Wendover” and that the lucky pooch “can’t believe she now has a garden to laze about in.”
“She also loves a piece of cheese and getting her tummy tickled, a far cry from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival where she was almost slaughtered into soup,” Hayley said.
Debbie started her new life in the UK by appearing on the TV news to promote the work of the charity. And she’s enjoyed being the center of attention at events like last weekend’s Aylesbury Vegan Fair, where she proudly wore her NoToDogMeat bandana.
But according to her new human companions Hayley and Peter, the dog has “seen some terrible things” on her journey to safety, and “fought at first with unsuspecting men, after being brutalized by butchers from China’s meat trade.” .
Charity worker Peter, 53, said: “At first it was difficult because Debbie didn’t like me at all and as a dog lover she felt sad when she didn’t want to interact with me. But over time we have built a bond of trust, which makes it even more special.’
Last week, Debbie also took a big step, when she attended the newly opened Clips grooming salon at Dobbies Garden Center in Wendover, where doting stylist Courtney Hearsum provided much-needed coat care, a first for the plucky canine.
Hayley added: “We are completely blown away by Debbie’s strength and stamina.
HAPPY: Debbie Hairy’s new life in the UK is a million miles away from the brutal realities of the Chinese dog meat trade.
She’s been so willing to try new things, and it’s wonderful to see her interact with her safe and happy life in such a sincere way.
“Courtney on Clips was fantastic and understood that Debbie needed patience and kindness, and now she looks like a million bucks.”
London lawyer Julia de Cadenet founded NoToDogMeat in 2009 after witnessing the horrors of the meat trade.
According to the charity, it empowers people in meat-trading countries who want to make a difference and provides a safe haven for dogs that have been saved from an unspeakable fate.
‘BLOWN’: According to Hayley (pictured), she and Peter were impressed by the pup’s bravery and stamina.
According to Peter Finch (pictured), it took Debbie a while to feel comfortable with him, having been abused by men in the past, but the couple now share a special bond.
NoToDogMeat also has special consultative status with the United Nations, providing regular reports on its findings to help ban the inhumane and unsanitary killing of dogs and cats around the world.
When the pandemic struck in 2020, the charity was forced to put its relocation plan on hold, but hope is now high that more Westerners will look to embrace a meat trade bailout like Debbie.
Julia said: “We are so happy that Debbie has found her safe and loving forever home, and her progress is just amazing.” This dog has been through a lot, but like all of our rescues, the strength they show puts humanity to shame.
“However, Debbie is just the tip of the iceberg, and we desperately need people to help us bring more dogs back to their happy lives, whether it’s by signing up to adopt or making a small donation.”
You can learn more about Debbie’s progress on Instagram by visiting @debbiehairydog.