Rushton works closely with a public shelter in Yaan, China. This shelter is highly overcrowded and underfunded, but works to save dogs from slaughterhouses and meat trucks in the area.
In summer 2019, while out visiting the shelter, Zoe from Rushton Dog Rescue agreed to take a number of the dogs most in need, who had recently been rescued from a meat truck. One of these was a black Labrador bitch who was severely malnourished, and whilst receiving veterinary treatment for her wounds and malnutrition, unexpectedly gave birth to a single healthy puppy.
Rushton Dog Rescue moved the mother and puppy to our trusted boarding facility, which was challenging in ensuring their health and safety, amongst large numbers of dogs and exposure to diseases such as distemper and parvo virus. Despite the odds being stacked against them, the mother, named Tarca, and her baby girl, Lisa, survived and arrived in the UK in September 2019. They both now live happily in their forever homes in Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, and are proud ambassadors for the charity, and what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.