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Dogs Saved From Chinese Meat Trade Get Grooming Session

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Two dogs that were rescued from the meat trade in China were left looking bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after being given a glamorous grooming session.

Felicity and Annabelle were rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China in 2014.

Now at loving homes in the UK, they were given special pamper treatment at Grand Union Pets in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, as they prepare for a summer of activities as ambassadors for the NoToDogMeat charity.

Grand Union Pets owner, 45-year-old Ali Shardpour, said: “We are all animal lovers, so any opportunity to help and we are happy to do so.

“Rescuing dogs from the meat trade is so important, we were especially surprised that this kind of thing still goes on.”

READ MORE – Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion for High Court judicial review The NoToDogMeat charity was founded in 2009 by Marylebone-based lawyer Julia de Cadenet, 50, to work with shelters in China, Cambodia and the Phillipines to save dogs from the meat trade.

Julia said: “Thank you so much to Grand Union Pets for supporting our NoToDogMeat survivors.

“All dogs deserve special days and pampering, but these dogs have been through so much, and days like this for them are extra special.

“People are always surprised how calm and loving our rescues are, we think it is because they are so happy to have a life away from all they have endured.”

NoToDogMeat is supported by volunteers and has obtained United Nations Special Consultative Status.

The charity is currently establishing a fund to help rescue as many dogs as possible from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2023 which takes place annually in June.