In many parts of China, dog meat is considered delicacy. Sadly, that’s the reason for the existence of huge numbers of slaughterhouses all around the country.
The animals that find themselves in these places are mainly tied or stuck in tiny kennels. They are filthy, scared, and uncertain of when and how their life will be ended.
One woman from Harbin, China, who owns a dog refuge, a place where dogs saved from dog meat factories are placed, recently alerted Harbin Slaughterhouse Survivors Animal Rescue (Harbin SHS) about a dog at the place. Although there were around 2000 dogs at her refuge, one particular Husky caught her attention.
As the rest of the dogs were running around and enjoying their freedom, the Husky was found huddling against a wall, frozen with fear.
The poor animal whom they named Harriet had a matted fur and was all covered in feces. On top of that, she was malnourished and confused.
However, the moment Harriet entered her rescuer’s car, she immediately changed her mood. She could feel deep down that her life was about to change.
As a thank you, Harriet got into the arms of one of the people who took her from the place where she felt sad.
Once at the vet’s, it was determined Harriet was eight months old. Thankfully, despite the trauma she suffered, her health was just fine, so the first step to her happiness was getting rid of her matted fur.
SHS’s shelter became Harriet’s new home. But that was until she recovered completely and until her new fur grew.
This lovely dog experienced love for the first time ever and wasn’t afraid to show her bubbly personality.
Eventually, Harriet got her happy ending. A Canadian woman named Rosee Vallee saw Harriet’s photos and called the shelter. She said she wanted to adopt her, and the staff organized a flight to San Francisco for this dog who stole their hearts and taught them that life does give second chances.
From there, Harriet was about to fly to her new home together with her mommy.
With the new life came a new name. Sweet Harriet was renamed to Bailey.
Her days are now filled with fun activities that she shares with her doggy siblings. Among the rest, Bailey and her family take long road trips, and go to the Lake Louise where they enjoy canoe rides.
One of the shelter volunteers who helped Bailey through her hard times said, “I see her now and it just warms my heart. I think of all the people who came together to help her — they are the real heroes of this story. Every dog deserves a second chance, and Harriet is such a perfect example of that.”
Take a look at the incredible video about Bailey’s life below.