FLOODING UPDATE: Miracle in Hebei as dogs feared to have perished found on roof of building close to NoToDogMeat shelter

NoToDogMeat rescuers are celebrating a miracle today, as dogs feared to have perished in the catastrophic floods were found sheltering on a roof to close to the NoToDogMeat Hebei base.

When shelter manager Mr Zhao was forced by authorities to leave the Hebei base last week, flood waters were rising fast, so he opened the cage doors to ensure that at the very least our precious rescues would have a chance to escape.

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A day later Mr Zhao and his team arrived back at the shelter some dogs had chosen to stay in their pens, but others could not be found, it was feared that they may have perished in the waters, which have claimed human and animal lives across the region.

The team have been working around the clock to sure up the Hebei shelter structure, and ensure the safety of the dogs, using boats and makeshift rafts to do their work.

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And yesterday afternoon, while carrying out this work, Mr Zhao found the dogs who had got onto the roof of an abandoned building, and they have now been transported to relative safety.

He said: “These are dark times for the Hebei shelter, but this was our miracle moment. We feared that the dogs were lost in the mud, and we still don’t know the full extent of damage here, but seeing these faces on the roof helped our souls in this terrible time.”

Despite the happy moment, the Hebei shelter is still in a precarious position, with food spoiled and structural damage being assessed.

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There are also fears that the river may burst, after water was diverted from Beijing to the region.

Julia de Cadenet, founder of NoToDogMeat, who has also been working around the clock coordinating the charity’s fundraising efforts, said: “This is a dire time, and we are all in shock. We do not know how much damage we have at this stage. Everything is about working day by day, and preserving the lives of our beautiful rescues.”

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