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C.A.R.L. Rescues 11 Dogs from Yulin Dog Meat Festival

By Daniel Elliot


C.A.R.L. Rescues 11 Dogs from Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Ventura, CA – November 15, 2016 – Canine Adoption and Rescue League has committed to caring and finding homes for 11 dogs bred for human consumption as part of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Six of the dogs arrived safely at the rescue earlier this week, with the remainder coming by December 1.

C.A.R.L. is part of a large-scale effort to rescue approximately 100 dogs from China. The effort is spearheaded by Santa Barbara-based animal welfare advocate Deborah Hall (, who has organized volunteers and funds to fly to China, retrieve the dogs from a local rescue partner, and fly them back to the United States.

The costs to transport the dogs to the US were paid entirely by the Soi Dog Foundation, a Thailand-based dog welfare organization which may be found online at

Two C.A.R.L. volunteers flew to China, and several more traveled to LAX last night to receive the dogs and transport them back to the C.A.R.L. facility in Santa Paula. There, the dogs will be given medical and behavioral care before they are placed in the rescue’s adoption program.

“I can’t begin to imagine what these dogs have been through,” stated C.A.R.L. Executive Director Sharon Clark. “What matters is they’re safe now. We’ll give them all the love they can stand, and we’ll find them families that will cherish them like they deserve.”

Although C.A.R.L. focuses on rescuing dogs in Ventura County, the Yulin dogs are not the first animals to travel a long way to the organization. In 2005, C.A.R.L. served as temporary home to 42 dogs left homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

About Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.)

Canine Adoption and Rescue League (C.A.R.L.) is a 501c3 registered non-profit, no-kill, all-breed dog rescue and sanctuary. Its mission is to advocate for animal welfare, seeking to end the needless deaths of companion animals through its adoption, education, and outreach programs.

Since 1996, C.A.R.L. has rescued and placed thousands of unwanted, sick, abandoned, and homeless dogs. Dogs in the adoption program are placed in pre-screened, loving and secure homes.

C.A.R.L. receives no government funding. The organization welcomes and relies on the generosity of dog welfare advocates to continue its mission. To learn more about C.A.R.L., how to donate, how to adopt, or how to volunteer, visit or call (805) 644-PETS.

Kristin Vollrath
PO Box 5022
Ventura, CA 93005
(805) 701-1215

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Letty says:

    Thank you, so much for rescuing these dogs in China. I hope there’s an end to this human consumption festival in Yulin.

  2. Jan Jackson says:

    I had no idea you guys where involved with the Yulin dogs. Thank you so much for saving these beautiful souls.
    Are you working with Vanderpump dogs? I know they’ve been very involved as well.
    As you probably know, everybody has been working hard to get H. Res. 752 brought to the house floor for a vote.
    Also, thank you for helping the senior Chow girl from Lancaster.

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