How we began

It started in June 2017, when the interception of a meat truck occurred. The truck was carrying over 1000 dogs and cats to the city of Yulin, China for the annual Dog Meat Festival. The truck was stopped by Chinese animal activists in the suburbs of Guangzhou, China where volunteers met to help save as many of the dogs and cats as possible. It was then that AAGZ was formed with a handful of foreigners who did not know each other at the time, but shared the same passion of saving animals.

Seeing the animals in unbearable conditions, sick, malnourished and many dying on front of us, was absolutely heart wrenching. We decided then and there that we wouldn’t walk away without taking as many animals as we could. Since we were such a small group at the time, we were only able to save roughly 30 dogs. Most of the dogs from our first rescue have been successfully re-homed in China and America, and we still continue rescuing any animal in need.


A day in the life of AAGZ

A typical day at our shelter starts with cleaning the floors and walking each dog, followed by giving all the animals food and water. Cleaning takes hours to complete as there are over 40 cages/rooms that need to be scrubbed. On a good day we have more than one volunteer so while someone does the cleaning, the other walks each dog. We do our best to focus the dogs on socializing with humans and other animals, so that they are friendlier on all levels. Volunteers are vital for the every day running of the shelter as we need multiple people assisting on each daily duty.

When there is a report of an animal in need, we coordinate pick-up with the contact who found the animal. We make sure that an experienced rescuer does the capture of the animal as they are usually frightened and can act defensively, possibly putting a person in danger. We make sure that both the rescuer and animals stay safe. Once the animal is contained, we coordinate transport and the vet visit for testing. All of this taking time, money, and volunteers.

If we are at a meat truck site, we primarily help with assessing, treating and feeding the dogs. We also assist veterinarians to clean wounds, give medicine, and test for contagious diseases such as Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) and Canine Distemper Virus (CDV). It is never easy being there, and it is usually chaotic. Again, a lot of coordination for volunteers is needed. Medical treatment is always needed and basic care is vital to ensure we save as many dogs as possible.


About the animals of AAGZ

Our group specializes in trauma cases. Whilst there are many strays around Guanzghou, we have to focus on the ones who don’t stand a chance of surviving without intervention. For example, dogs who have been hit by cars and left, kittens abandoned by their mother, or a pet who was abused and left behind. The dogs we save from meat trucks are also all trauma cases and bound for certain death, so we know we have to step in. Their cases are so severe that it takes a lot of money and time to save them, but each life matters and is so precious. We simply cannot walk away for them to die or become someone’s meal.


The AAGZ Team

There are currently 17 humans on our AAGZ team — all of which have full-time jobs, do not make profit from AAGZ, and put in countless hours and funds to keep our pups safe. We have the core team in China who rescue the animals, run the shelter, and handle all logistics. We also have a core team in America who handle our online marketing, dog transportation, and adoptions in the USA. We also have 200+ volunteers who support us in Guangzhou. We appreciate them so much!

Each one of our team and volunteers is vital to the survival of AAGZ and all the animals we save. Many thanks to everyone involved for spreading awareness, fundraising, volunteering your time, fostering/adopting, and for sharing your love for animals.


我們是如何開始的

這個項目從2017年6月志願者們攔截了一輛狗車開始。這兩狗車裝滿了超過1000隻將要被運 送至玉林市的貓狗,用於慶祝一年一度的狗肉節。志願者們在中國廣州市郊截停了這兩狗車,並盡他們的可能救下最多的貓狗。AAGZ(Animal Action Guangzhou廣州拯救動物組織)就在那個時候,由一群互不認識但是一心想要救助動物的外國友人建立。

看著動物們在難以忍受的環境裏,生病,營養不良,甚至乎死在我們的面前,實在是太讓人揪心了。我們決定絕不能袖手旁觀,並盡我們的可能救助這些動物。一開始,我們只是一小群人,只能夠拯救大約30隻狗狗。大部分我們救助的第一批狗狗最終都在中國和美國找到了新家,但是我們並沒有就此停止救助有需要的動物。

在AAGZ中的一天

在我們救助站的一天由打掃地面、分別遛遛每隻狗狗開始,接著是給動物們食物和水。因為我們有超過40個籠子/房間需要清洗,所以就僅僅是打掃就要花費幾個小時。當天氣好而且我們有超過一個志願者在場的時候,我們會安排一部分人打掃衛生,另一部分則負責遛狗。我們一直注重狗狗在人類和其他動物之間的社會化訓練,希望他們能全方面地變得更加友好。因為我們需要多個人來完成每天的日常任務,所以志願者在運營整個救助站中起了至關重要的作用。

每當我們得到有動物需要救助的消息,我們都會與發現者溝通協調。我們會保證派出經驗豐富的救助者去抓捕需要幫助的動物,因為它們通常都會害怕而且會有防禦行為,可能會使救助者有危險。我們希望保證救助者和受助動物的安全。一旦受助動物被抓到,我們會安排把它送至獸醫處檢查。所有的這些行動都需要時間、金錢和志願者的幫忙。

如果我們在狗車的救助現場,我們主要會幫助檢查、陪伴和給狗狗餵食。我們也會協助獸醫給動物們清理傷口、喂藥以及檢測傳染性疾病,例如犬細小病毒、犬瘟熱病毒等。待在現場一點都不容易,現場通常還會一片混亂。所以,大量志願者的幫助真的非常必要。醫療藥物是一直都需要的,基礎護理對於我們至關重要,其確保了我們能夠拯救盡可能多的狗狗。

關於AAGZ的動物

我們專注於創傷個案。廣州有很多流浪動物,我們必須專注於那些如果不被救助就可能沒有生存希望的動物。比如說被車撞到但司機逃逸的狗狗、被母貓遺棄的小奶貓、被虐待後遺棄的家寵。那些被我們從狗車上救來下的狗狗,都是傷勢嚴重甚至面臨死亡的,所以我們必須要介入。他們的傷勢實在是太嚴重了,以至於我們需要花費大量的金錢和時間去拯救他們,但是每條生命都是重要的,生命是如此珍貴。我們實在是不能夠置身事外,任由他們死亡或者成為別人的盤中餐。

AAGZ團隊

我們的AAGZ團隊目前有17個人。我們的核心團隊在中國負責拯救動物,運營救助站,以及安排寵物們的國際運輸。我們也有一個團隊在美國負責管理我們的網上宣傳,狗狗運輸,以及在美國的領養事項。我們在廣州擁有超過200個支持我們的志願者。我們非常感激他們的幫助。

我們團隊裏的每個成員、每個志願者對於AAGZ的存在和我們所救助的動物來說都是十分重要的。非常感謝所有參與宣傳、籌款、參與志願工作、暫時收養/領養,以及把愛分享給動物們的所有人。