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After weeks of intensive treatment and care, Snow has now recovered and has returned to live at TACN Beijing Rescue Centre along with his new friends and families.

With a playful and friendly personality, it didn’t take Snow long to get along with all the other dogs at the shelter.  While all of them seem to be enjoying each others’ company, a few dogs have particularly grown fond of Snow, including one of the meat trade survivor, Heiniu.

2014-02-23-09.58.35 Heiniu seems to be especially happy around handsome Snow :)

Since the very beginning of Snow’s rescue, our Swedish volunteer Camilla has taken a big part of Snow’s recovery progress. She visited Snow in a regular basis at the hospital and made sure that he received appropriate amount of exercises during his treatment and recovery period.  Thanks to volunteers like Camilla, previously injured and traumatized Snow has not only made an amazing physical recovery but has also regained his confidence and spirit!  When Camilla and her husband came to visit the shelter a couple of days ago, Snow was so excited to see them and happily showing off his favorite toys. Snow doesn’t show any sign of aggression or mistrust of humans or other dogs.


It will take some time for Snow to grow out his fur, he is no doubt a healthy and happy dog now.  With or without the signature fluffy fur of a Samoyed, Snow is a beautiful dog inside and out. The following pictures are evidences of Snow’s truly extraordinary transformation.
Aside from Camilla and her husband, the shelter also welcomed two special guests from Ecuador, Maria and her husband. All of the animals at the shelter are always very happy when there are visitors in the shelter.  Visitors mean extra petting, playing time, and treats for them. Above all, the attention and petting they receive from the visitors are easily their favorite. Maomao (Fury), a three-pawed beautiful Gold Retriever, was particularly loving the attention from Maria. He just couldn’t get enough of her hugs.


Along with Snow, we also have a few other new additions to our shelter family – a brave doggie mom and her five precious babies.

2014-02-05 07.39.36This family of six was found in a residential complex shivering in the cold. The puppies appeared to be only few weeks old and healthy.Their mother is very sweet and gentle. She is surprisingly trusting of humans in spite of being a stray with 5 newborn pups. Luckily, we found them before anything bad happens to them.

They are now under our gentle care and joined with the other animal residents at the shelter. The whole family have been checked by our trusted vet, and the mom will be spayed soon. Coincidentally, the doggie mom, newly named Miya, looks a lot like Camilla’s family dog Black back in Sweden. Camilla was still in Sweden when she found out about the rescue of the family.  During this Camilla’s last visit at the shelter, she and her husband officially became proud parents of one of the lucky puppies, now named Wilson.

Little Wilson has already moved into his new home and seemed to be adjusting well. He enjoys his comfy bed, new toys, and most of all, the undivided love from his new parents. We are all so happy for Wilson and his new found family.


All the remaining four puppies (all female) have been vaccinated and will be spayed when they reach 6 months of age. We are actively seeking a loving home for each one of them. If you are interested in adopting, please  regarding our adoption policy and procedures both within China and internationally.


IMG_3738 Wangwang was teaching the puppies how to pose for camera

Alternatively, you can also help these innocent animals by IMG_3749becoming a sponsor for as little as $4 a month, or, by a one-off donation. Your donations will help with basic needs such as food, treats and medication for the rescued animals, as well as giving the opportunity to find them forever homes.With support from supporters like you, we could keep helping more animals in need. Your donations are life saving gifts for the suffering animals in China and beyond. And your gift will make a difference!


On Feb 25th 2014, the US Consulate General at Wuhan, Mr. Vlad Lipschutz, visited Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association (WSAPA) and all of the 100+ animal residents at the shelter.  After visiting the main shelter, the consulate general also visited the temporary shelter outside of the city where more rescued animals are housed, including the cats that were recently rescued from the meat market. 

US Consulate general

During this visit, Mr. Lipschutz and the board director, Du Fan, discussed the animal rights movement in China. Du Fan shared his experiences and opinions about the current animal rights situation in China with Mr. Lipschutz. Mr. Lipschutz stated that he supports and is willing to help the shelter and its future work within his means.  The US Consulate General’s visit was widely praised by the many Chinese animal lovers on Weibo (Chinese version of twitter).

0228200136 The US consulate general Mr. Lipschutz, and WSAPA board director Du Fan are discussing and exchanging ideas about the animal protection and welfare situation in China.

Last month, WSAPA along with many volunteers successfully rescued 2,800 cats that were en route to be slaughtered. The rescue story was featured on both TACN Website and Facebook page.


In China, there are a group of people who have voluntarily taken up the responsibility of caring for and protecting the stray cats in their community and neighbourhood. Every day, they go out and patrol the streets of their neighbourhood to protect the stray cats from cat poachers.


They make sure that the stray cats have enough food and fresh water and take the cats to the local vets when it’s necessary. They work with other local animal rescuers to neuter/spay the cats. These people are in every city and every residential community through out China.

People call them QunHu (群护). In English, this phrase means “Group Protection”. We say they are the stray cats’ Guardian Angels. These people are ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. They have sacrificed their time with families and friends while doing everything they can to protect the stray cats.

To help some of them out and start the New Year with love and abundant food for the stray cats, TACN held a special “New Year’s Eve Dinner for Stray Cats”.


This project was an online fundraiser with the goal of raising enough money to provide a special dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve for all of the cats in 50 different “cat patrolling neighbourhoods” in Beijing.

The outcome of this fundraiser campaign has been truly heart warming. We started raising funds on Jan. 16th with the goal of reaching 6,500RMB. We were so fortunate to reach our goal in just two short days after we received donations from 318 loving people throughout China! We used the funds to purchase 50 bags of cat food and delivered them to the specified areas in Beijing.


This amount of the food was enough to give two very generous meals to each of the approximately 800 cats. Each of these 800 balls of furry strays celebrated the beginning of the year of the Horse with their guardian angels while enjoying a very special dinner. Chinese New Year’s Eve was a wonderful start to the new year, and TACN along with the Guardian Angels hope to continue this lovely tradition from here on out!

Much love, respect, and a very happy Chinese New Year to you all!

Related videos about QunHu patrolling neighbourhoods in china:


The 69 cats that have been taken in by the TACN Beijing team and V-Cats arrived in Beijing on the evening of Jan 22nd.

69 survivors from the Wuhan Cat Rescue have arrived in Beijing, 3 have been adopted, 36 need homes and 30 are hospitalised as of 27th of Jan.


Upon arrival, we temporarily placed all of the cats in a location that was rented for this occasion. Volunteers from both TACN and V-Cats assessed the health condition of the cats and found out that almost half of them are in fairly poor condition.  Many of the cats were badly injured, and some of them even have open wounds. Some of them have been traumatized, and a few of them are showing signs of aggression and mistrust of humans caused by their horrific experiences previously.

While it is no doubt heartbreaking to know the kind of horror these innocent, defenceless lives have gone through, our team has been working hard to ensure that only good things happen from here onwards. As of now, 3 of the 69 cats have been adopted. 36 of the 69 cats are currently available for adoption.  Meanwhile, they are being housed in different rescue groups (including TACN), and with a variety of individuals in Beijing. The rest are currently hospitalised, we hope to see speedy recoveries from all of them.

One of the cats taken in by us, named Zhenzhu (Pearl) is currently being treated as she has got distemper, we have been monitoring her progress closely and providing her with the best care we could offer.


TACN will provide free microchipping and national database registry (our recently launched XINPET programme) for all of these cats.

For the future safety of these cat-meat-trade survivors, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership, we have made microchipping one of our mandatory requirements for future cat-adopters. More details about our XINPET programme will be available shortly.

Where are the rest of the cats?

Aside from the above mentioned 69 cats, about 1,100 of the 2,800 cats were either allowed to run away or secretly taken away by some of the Wuhan Small Animal Society’s people.  Heartbreakingly, there were far, far more cats than rescuers, and given the ongoing confrontation with the smugglers, some of the cats were not able to be taken back to the shelters.  Please understand that most mass rescues, such as this one, often end up failing due to many potential problems. While the rescue was ongoing, no one knew what the outcome would be, given the awful circumstances the activists and volunteers had to act with whatever power they had to save as many cats as they could.

We all mourn the 160 beautiful cats that passed away either before the arrival of our volunteers or before the cats were successfully rescued.  In spite of all the trails and hardships, there have been some pretty incredible victories.  482 cats have now been adopted. 260 cats are cared for by Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association. The rest, about 880 cats, have been taken in by different rescue groups and individuals from different parts of China: 

  • Anyuan Shelter : 40
  • XuDong: 22
  • Wubei Veterinary Association Board: 150
  • Chongqing Small Animal Protection Association: 201
  • Zhenzhou:  207


Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association and all of the rescue groups that took in the cats have been working day and night to take care of their charges, many of which are sick and require much needed medical attention.


To fund this rescue and all of the post-rescue work, we solely rely on donations from loving supporters such as yourself. We would have never made it this far without all of your generosity and continuous love and support.

Please know that you are in every way part of this cause just as much as we are, and you are making a huge difference! Please support our work and help us provide for these innocent animals so that they can have a chance for a brighter future!


Money is not the only way to help animals in desperate need. Please spread the word and tell people about what we do. Please share this story and our Facebook page with as many people you can.

Thank you!


While this report is being written up, there are still many volunteers staying up over night looking after the cats, and in the morning many more will arrive at the warehouse to take their turn, and hopefully many more cats will be able to return to their homes all over the country. Many cats will be taken in by Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association (WSAPA, and official donation pages have been setup especially for the rescued cats on Taobao by WSAPA. Because Taobao is a Chinese internal online shop, international donations are quite difficult to process, therefore, we have set up a donation page especially for this event.


Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association (WSAPA will be the beneficiary of the donations collected via this fundraiser page. Distribution and expenses of donations will be made transparent by WSAPA and published once ready.


Full Event Report - Aftercare Ongoing

14th January 2014

6:00PM Chairman Du Fan from Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association had received an eye witness report from people who has spotted a truck on the roadside near Wuhan Technology University on Baishazhou Road, Wuchang, with many cages of cats being loaded onto the truck. Du Fan immediately gathered 7 volunteers and headed towards the location of the truck. When they got there, the truck had already left and was on the way towards the Southern China cities where the cats would be sold for their meat and fur. Du Fan and the volunteers took two cars and started to chase the truck.


11:00 PM The truck was about to leave Hubei province, but volunteers finally caught up with the truck at a toll gate. With help from the traffic warden the truck was finally stopped at the toll. Volunteers called uopn local quarantine officers straight away. Upon arrival, officials from the local quarantine department checked the quarantine certificate for these cats carefully and announced that it had been forged, therefore the transportation of these cats was illegal. However, due to the truck’s origin being out of their range of control, they could only order the truck to be returned back to Wuhan, under the supervision of volunteers, and to be examined once again by the quarantine officers there.

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On the way back to Wuhan, the truck was driving in front with Du Fan and the volunteers following behind.  The truck driver had tried many times to speed up and get rid of them but failed to succeed.

15th January 2014

04:00 AM Everyone arrived at downtown Anshan in Jiangxia district but the truck driver refused to carry on and said he was feeling sick. Volunteers agreed to stop for a rest there, and waited for local officials during the break.

Local media and journalists arrived shortly and saw a truck with registration plates belonging to Anhui province parked on the roadside, loaded with countless tiny cages cramped with cats. According to the journalists’ initial count, there were roughly a hundred of cages on the truck. In the truck there were two males and one female, but they refused to answer questions or speak to the journalists.


During the initial unloading attempt by the activists at the current holding ground, a nearby market had caught fire, it was suspected that the cat dealers had set the market on fire to cause trouble and divert peoples attentions. Luckily the Jiangxia Animal Quarantine Department later ordered the truck to be relocated to new premises away from the fire.


All the cats were different breeds, cramped in tiny cages less than 20 cm in height and all of the cats seemed very weak. Volunteers told journalists that the quarantine certificate provided by the driver stated there were 2,800 cats and they were destined to Nanning, Guangxi province. The driver had told the volunteers that these cats were to be “domesticated then would be sold as pets”, but volunteers didn’t believe this story, knowing that these cats would not escape a certain death of horror if they were ever to reach their destination and would definitely be sold as meat.


11:00 The driver had called up their people and upon arrival they demanded the release of the truck and all the cats from volunteers, arguments started when their request was refused. The driver got in the truck and tried to flee, but he was stopped by volunteers.

Whilst the journalists’ were conducting an interview, a middle-aged man appeared at the scene, shouting with anger at the volunteers, accusing them of causing trouble. Although he didn’t reveal his identity, volunteers told the reporter that this angry man was the “owner” of the cats.

This man then went on to say that he, himself, had bought the cats from all over many towns and cities, but refused to say how much he had paid for them or where the cats were being driven to. He accused the volunteers of causing him money loss and said he would get it all back afterwards. He refused to comment on the forged quarantine certificate at all.

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The Local Health Authority where the truck originated confirmed that the quarantine certificate was forged, and decided to detain the truck and all the cats while further investigation could be made. There were chances that the truck could still be released with all the cats if the “owner” provided supporting documents. Until now, all the cats have been cramped in the tiny cages for over 30 hours and volunteers had found many injured cats, even dead bodies inside the cages, so they started negotiating with the officials hoping they could let them unload the cats and provide them with food, water and essential care.


Their first few attempts got refused, but they didn’t give up and they kept on trying to negotiate. At the same time, thousands of Weibo posts had been published online, reposted and were circling on the the most popular microblog in China, many posted comments and accused Hongshan local officials of condoning crime if they let the truck go.

16th January 2014 Under the pressure of the volunteers, journalists and many more citizens all over China, the local officials agreed to hand over the cats to volunteers and local animal rescue groups to be taken care of.


Victory to the activists and volunteers

Volunteers were then facing the next stage of the rescue, finding a location as a temporary holding ground for all the cats while they separated the dead, injured and healthy ones putting the cats wearing collars to one side waiting to be found by their owners.

Eventually, volunteers found a local warehouse that agreed to provide space for housing the cats temporarily, and charging 1,000RMB (£100/$165) per day. Out of desperation, volunteers took the offer and moved all the cats to the location.

Instruction to the current housing location – 武汉救下的猫咪临时安置点指路详情

Upon arrival they immediately started unloading the cages and started checking on the cats as well as feeding them food and water. Until now, 40 hours have gone by, volunteers didn’t sleep or eat, and neither did the cats, they were fighting through the horror together.


More volunteers had been called upon and arrived at the warehouse, bringing with them supplies including food, water, crates, cages, feeding tubes, gloves, etc. Immediately they joined in with the operation, so they could take over and let some of the volunteers return home for some much needed rest and re-energising.


Many cats have now been moved into larger cages provided with food and water, but there are quite a lot of cats that didn’t make it.  Among the dead cats, many were pregnant and gave birth to their kittens while cramped in the cages on the truck, some of their kittens were squeezed out prematurely caused by the pressure of the tiny space and weight of other cats in cages.


The operation of finding owners of some of the cats have begun. As the news spread, many people who had previously lost their cats made their way to the warehouse, some of them have actually found their lost cats after just a short searching around. Many cats had collars, and were identified to be from Beijing and Tianjin, as they belonged to the local cat carer community where groups of rescuers and volunteers took the responsibilities of looking after them from strays to domesticated cats. After hearing the updates about this, the local rescuers from Beijing and Tianjin were on their way to Wuhan via a 2 hour flight, with the hope to find the recent lost cats that disappeared from their community.


While this report is being written up, there are still many volunteers staying up over night looking after the cats and in the morning many more will arrive at the warehouse to take their turn, and hopefully many more cats will be able to return to their homes all over the country. Many cats will  be taken in by Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association (WSAPA, and official donation pages have been setup especially for the rescued cats on Taobao by WSAPA and Wuhan Cat ( Because Taobao is a Chinese internal online shop, international donation would be quite difficult, therefore, we have set up a donation page especially for this event.


Wuhan Small Animal Protection Association (WSAPA who will be the beneficiary of the donations collected via this fundraiser page. Distribution and expenses of donations will be made transparent by WSAPA and published once ready.

WSAPA Taobao Donation page – Chinese

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