Superheroes come in many forms. This one is in the form of a woman who dedicates her life to rescuing animals in need in Shanghai, China: Rescuer Rose.
About Rescuer Rose:
Rescuer Rose is one of a growing number of individual activists and rescuers who do whatever they can to help the endless numbers of animals in need in China. Rescuer Rose is a Superheroine among everyday rescuers; there are few people you will meet who give more of their personal life to helping animals than she does. Rescuer Rose won't ignore an animal in need. She often has more than sixty open cases at at time - sixty animals she has personally rescued, nursed to health, paid for the veterinary care for, found a temporary home for (foster, shelter, or vet), and works to find a permanent home for.
Rescuer Rose is the person who will crawl out of a warm bed in the middle of the night if there is no one responding to a call for help. She is the person who will spend hours cooking healthy food for a dog fighting distemper at the vet; the one who will spend two full days in the cold befriending and building trust with a terrified and hurt dog, so he can be removed from a dangerous situation; the one who drops everything to drive to an ill-defined location in the rain late at night to save a kitten spotted on the highway; the one that will drive hours to find a dog suffering from skin disease that someone posted a photo of on social media, but didn't stop to help. These are just a few of the hundreds of examples from the daily life of Rescuer Rose. She will stop at nothing, and use the last of her funds to help an animal in need. She works tirelessly, often staying up through the whole night to rescue and care for animals. She advocates for those innocent creatures who have no one else.
Her commitment to these animals is astonishing; her drive and energy to keep going amidst all that is challenging and demotivating, and her humility and kindness make her a Shanghai Superheroine, and an asset to the animal rescue community and, of course, the animals of Shanghai.
Why Shanghai, China?
Animal welfare is a new concept in China. There is no formal infrastructure to help animals in need; there are no animal protection laws. Innocent cats and dogs are routinely abandoned, abused, and neglected without a second thought and with no repercussions to the people who hurt them. Animal welfare and wildlife organizations like Animals Asia, PETA, and WWF are only at the very beginnings of having some impact on creating a culture of animal welfare and rights, but those organizations are fighting an uphill battle, and they have little to no impact on the ground where domestic animals like dogs and cats are suffering the most.
While pet ownership is on the rise in China, the education and culture to support responsible pet ownership hasn't developed along with it. While millions of people are now buying pets, many of them end up abandoning them when the animal gets sick, has behavioral needs, or when an owner cannot otherwise handle the responsibility or feels that the "novelty" has worn off. Other owners physically abuse or torture their pets as punishment for bad behavior, which can result in serious and even life-threatening injuries. That's where individual rescuers -- everyday people who simply love animals and refuse to stand by and watch them suffer -- like Rescuer Rose, come in. Shanghai is China's largest city, with a population of over 26 million people -- can you imagine how many neglected, abandoned, and abused animals need help?
How can I help?
As you can imagine, rescuing and caring for so many animals at once requires unending funding. Currently, Rescuer Rose raises funds by holding small fundraising events around Shanghai and by accepting donations from local residents who follow her rescue work.
From January through May 2019, the costs for all rescue work (including vet care, boarding, and the bare necessities like leashes, beds, and food) averages to 30,000 RMB (or around 4,500 USD) per month.
This fundraising page has a goal of raising 54,000 USD, which would cover Rescuer Rose's costs for around one year or longer, depending on the severity of her cases and the the vet care costs involved.
100% of donations received go directly to the animals in need. There is no "administration" or "overhead". Rose nor any of the few ad hoc volunteers who help her fundraise and rescue receive any compensation for the work they do -- just the joy of bringing animals back to health and confidence and finding them their loving forever homes.
Can you help make a difference not only in the lives of the neglected, abandoned and abused animals of Shanghai, but to the incredible Superheroine Rescuer Rose who work tirelessly for them? For inspiration, please check out just a few of the hundreds of incredible success stories below!
Yoda was rescued as a puppy suffering from malnutrition and a severe case of demodex mange:
Bambi was held by meat traders and brought to Yulin for slaughter during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival where she was rescued and eventually found a loving home in Phoenix, AZ:
Max was rescued with a horrible case of worms; it was two weeks before he could move without extreme pain:
Rescuer Rose needs your help to continue saving lives and bringing innocent animals to the loving homes waiting for them.
- Sandy Boe
- Bo Koltnow
- Sandy Boe
- Valentin Chakarov
- Jamie Yang
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