MIAMI — Twenty rescued golden retrievers met their forever families Sunday.
20 dogs saved from China meat market get new homes in Florida | Pets
The dogs had a long journey all the way from China, where they were saved from a meat market.
Thanks to Golden Rescue South Florida, the dogs have their first place to call home and a second chance at life. It was a lengthy process and, for many, an emotional time.
“Thank God,” said Patrick McGrath, fighting back the tears.
He was one of the people bringing a golden retriever home.
“We got her. She will have a life,” he said.
“Currently in China, they’re for meat consumption,” said rescue coordinator Kristine Minerva. “They eat the dogs for meat, so this has been a rescue six months in the making.”
Minerva said it required medical testing, examinations for the dogs and getting them through customs. Due to the pandemic, the group could not do its usual fundraiser, but still managed to raise the $60,000 it took to get the dogs in Florida.
They needed people with a little extra love to give.
“These dogs have been through traumatic experiences, so some of them really don’t know how to act like a dog,” Minerva explained. “So it’s going to take a lot of patience, a lot of training. and a lot of determination to get the dog to that golden breed and that golden demeanor, which we know that they all can be.”