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Success Stories


Case Study 1 

Simba a Japanese Shiba Inu.


Simba was recused at the end of June 2018 form a dog butcher's yard in Baicheng, China.  Biianka took Simba under her wing and partnered up with Donna Staley and Moi in the USA to bring him over there to start a brand new life.

On  January 16th, 2019 Simba landed in Chicago, USA and began a 3-month integration and training program with Donna. Soon he was ready to be adopted and both Donna and Moi found him the perfect family, that has extensive experience with his particular breed. He now spends his time, living the canine dream, walking a few miles each day, playing with an abundance of toys and rolling around the lounge with his new playmate, the pet cat 'Benjamin catten". He even has 2 Shiba Inu sisters now called Baby and Molly who find watching their new little brother's antics highly amusing.

Case Study 2

Sasha the Shiba Inu/ jindo mix


Sasha was rescued in April 2018 by Callum and Plush, also from a Chinese dog butcher. She had previously given birth to puppies and had much sadness in her eyes. It took Sasha longer to learn to trust again but her faith in humans was fully restored eventually. Sasha was also taken under Biianka, Donna and Moi's wing along with Simba. In January 2019 Sasha landed in America and began her integration and training program. In April she was also adopted to a wonderful couple that lives in Atlanta. Sasha loves her daily walks and even goes jogging with her new mama .. She also adores playtime with her new brother Cooper. She has a blessed life far away from the savagery she once knew. To follow Sasha's adventures, check out her instagram: @sashatheshindo  

Case study 3

Izzy The Irish Setter


Izzy was first spotted on a dog meat truck that was collecting dogs at the local market for the slaughterhouse at the end of October 2018. Izzy remains to be the only Irish setter dog that we have ever found in the Chinese dog meat trade. The truck left the market and headed to the local slaughterhouse. We all remember how Izzy tried to run away as the meat traders took her off the truck to be placed into a pen at the slaughterhouse. Plush Bear activists luckily had followed the truck and were able to secure her release. Izzy soon caught the eye of a wonderful family in the UK that committed to adopting her and paid for all her vet bills and export costs. It took months of waiting but at last, in March 2019, she was united with the Carvalho family and taken to her forever home. Izzy now lives a perfect life in Essex, England. She spends her days following her mum Stacey around the house, playing fetch whilst running around the garden at lightning speed and loves snuggling up on the sofa. Izzy lives a very active life exploring nearby trails and parks! She even goes to the local beach! Life for Izzy is very blessed and a far cry away from the evil dog meat trade. To follow Izzy's adventures check her out on instagram 


Case Study 4 

Juno the Japanese Akita


Juno was rescued from a Chinese dog butcher on 19th November 2017    by Plush Bear.

Juno was one of the most aggressive dogs we have ever rescued with zero trust in humans. Due to his hostility, he had to be kept separate from other dogs at the shelter too.

At times we wondered if he was half dog/ half lion due to his savage outbursts. However, Callum our head fundraiser decided he would give Juno a much-needed second chance and brand new life in the UK. He now lives with Callum and his 3 other dogs. Juno adores his master and with time has learned to love and trust again. He spends most of his time following Callum around and eating but also enjoys a nice leisurely stroll each day (nothing too strenuous as this big, beautiful boy definitely prefers to kick back and relax in all of his glory)

Case Study 5

Lucky the Samoyed


Lucky was rescued from Baicheng dog Slaughterhouse early September 2018 after being dumped there by a dog breeder.

She had severe skin disease and had to be completely shaven to treat it effectively.

Jason, a long term supporter, and friend of the shelter paid for all of her vetting, export and transportation costs to the USA. In January 2019 Lucky landed in Chicago and was taken under the wing of Jen at Homewardbound Dawg rescue group, who gave her extensive training before rehoming her to a lovely couple who have renamed her 'Lilo'. She now lives in Chicago with them and loves running around the local dog park near their home and exploring the city on walks.

Case Study 6

Junzi The Belgian Malinois


Junzi was also rescued from Baicheng slaughterhouse in September 2018 by Plush and Callum.

Junzi is such a sweet boy but after his ordeal had no trust in humans.

His jaw was also badly injured after extremely rough handling from dog meat traders which was treated at ICVS clinic in Beijing. Luckily for Junzi, he was taken under the wing of our dear friend and huge supporter Aloha who paid for all of his vetting, exportation and transport costs to the USA. Junzi first lived with Aloha and his slaughterhouse survivor sister, a fellow malinois called Kala. Those 2 played for hours tousling around, while Junzi finally learned to trust humans again. Aloha found him the perfect home which he shares with his 2 new siblings Portia and Chase. He is now doing awesome in his new home and loving life in his new family. Aloha and Kala still get to visit him too.

Case Study 7


Baxter was recused by Plush and Callum at the local dog meat market after very rough handling by dog meat traders. Luckily for Baxter he was then taken under  the loving wing of Rushton Dog Rescue group in the UK. Rushton paid for all his vetting, quaratine, export and transportortation  costs. Finally after months of waiting, he arrived in the  UK and after being assessed by rushton was rehomed earlier this year and is loving his new life in Great Britan. 

Case Study 8

Shitzu Zach

Little Zach, was just 8 months old when he was rescued by Callum, Plush and Zaher from a dog meat truck  sent by the local slaughterhouse to collect dogs from the weekly market. Sold by his owner and thrown on to the truck like garbabge by savage dog meat traders, zach was terrifed. Everyone fell in love with zach and after a short time at the shelter he went to Beijing to do his quaratine and was rehomed in America early this year.

He now lives on a big ranch and has a big family with animal activist Lou Ann Zell full of and fellow dog meat trade survivor pups, peanut, Tommie,  and LuLu. 

Case Study 9
Kala - The beautiful Belgian malinois 
Kala was rescued from a slaughterhouse by Plush in 2018.
She was extremely underweight and had a big scar across her nose.
Kala was blessed to be adopted by Aloha from Malinois Rescue League in the USA. I recall asking the vet with trepidation if the scar would heal and the vet was uncertain. Luckily within weeks of her quarantine period in Beijing, the scar started to fully heal and her fur began to grow back over it. I was blown away by Kala each time I met her, she encapsulated pure love and is just the sweetest dog. She now lives the high life in Virginia with her brother Enzo. 

Case Study 10

Malinois Max - 

Max is a striking malinois, and was very strong, healthy and a good weight when Plush rescued him. Even though physically he didn't show any signs of neglect or abuse , he was extremely nervous and very fearful of humans. His mental scars were prominent. When i first met max at the he reminded me of the cowardly lion and was too scared to even walk outside on the lead.

Max was also adopted overto USA by malinois rescue league and Aloha found him a great new home with a lovely lady Christina and his fur baby brother saylor dinkers. Now he has lots of new adventures and has grown to love and trust humanity once again.

Case Study 11

Mr. Winston the brave corgi boy


Mr. Winston, the cutest floppy-eared corgi boy was rescued from brutal dog meat traders at a local market by Plush during January 2019. Mr. Winston was always a happy dog, even after being subjected to such cruelty prior to being rescued. He adjusted well to life at the shelter but his lucky day really came when Jeanie from Cares Cedartown Rescue in Atlanta USA decided to take him under her wing and fund all his vetting, export and transportation costs to get him to America. He was then placed in the most wonderful home and has a life that most can only dream of. He is a regular little jet setter now and life couldn't be further away from the horror he once knew.  

Case Study 12

Cooper the Saint Bernard


Beautiful  Cooper was rescued from Baicheng slaughterhouse by Plush. We don't see many St Bernards in the meat trade and soon Rushton Dog Rescue group in the UK stepped for Copper and funded all of his vetting, export and transportation costs from China to the UK before finding him a loving home after a brief period in foster care. Copper is now living life to the fullest and even mixing with celebs at a recent charity fundraising event for Rushton, raising awareness of the dog meat trade.

Case Study 13

AVA the smiling malinois



Ava was rescued from a dog butcher in early 2019. She had been used as a puppy breeding machine then dumped when she was no longer profitable. All she had known prior to her rescue was a life of misery. She's is older than most of the dogs we find but soon it was apparent just how young at heart Ava is. This brave girl embraced all of the new changes post-rescue with gusto. She was transferred to Beijing to do her quarantine for the USA by Malinois Rescue League and placed in a fantastic new home with her new canine sister  Inga and brother Axel. She is now living her best life with the biggest smile.

Mar - The marvelous german shepherd

Case Study 14


This lucky 4-year-old german shepherd boy was rescued by plush and Callum from the local meat market after very rough handling by dog meat traders. Mar was so afraid that he cried in desperation and distress as he was pulled off the dog meat truck by them to be weighed. Mar was taken under the wonderful wing of rescue group Little China Dog rescue in Ireland who paid for all of his vet care, export paperwork and even flew to China to collect him. After rehab and assessment, he was placed in a loving home in Aberdeen and now lives his life reveling in the delightful scenery on daily walks and adventures with his fur brother bear.

Case Study 15

Gorgeous George who was previously known as 'Bogey' another captivating and unbelievably cute little Corgi saved from broad daylight butchery.


George the corgi, so regal and innocent was found in a rusty cage at dog butcher in Baicheng. He was due to be killed that day but plush intervened and liberated him from that hell hole. He quickly stole everyone's heart at the shelter as well as Jeanie from Cares Cedartown Rescue group in Atlanta who decided to privately fund all of his vet, export and transport cost to the USA and even flew to China to collect him. This special boy then had a brief rehabilitation period at cares Cedartown rescue residence in Atlanta before finding a cherished new forever home and loving family to call his own.


Case Study 16

Chip the miracle puppy


Chip was rescued from a dog breeder that was selling off their dogs to a dog butcher, along with his mum a german shepherd mix Mrs potts, rescued by Plush late 2018.

The precious little pup was just a few days old but sadly no other puppies were anywhere to be found. He was left wiggling on a dirty blanket in a  filth-ridden rusty cage while his mother was aggressively weighed in the air by dog meat traders. Post rescue both mother and chip were taken under the wing of little china dog rescue group, who did amazing work funding all of their vet care, transport and export costs. Upon arriving at the vets in Beijing both were diagnosed with having a contagious virus called coronavirus but both fought to live and made full recoveries. Chip now has a wonderful home with his lovely new mum called Tracey. He has grown into such a handsome boy and is getting bigger by the week and has the most spectacular ears..