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Rescued from the dog meat trade, one four-legged friend’s luck has finally changed


Last October Andy was waking up to another day stuck in a cage with nine other dogs. But, little did he know that his life was about to change beyond his wildest dreams. Led by Dr Katherine Polak the team arrived to take him and the dogs into safety and rescue them from the cruel dog meat trade.

Sadly, for Andy, he was believed to be a lucky charm by the slaughterhouse owner. So, every day he and one other dog, called Boomer, watched as the cage was opened and dogs were pulled out to be killed, every time fearing it would be them next. After spending so long in the cage, Andy visibly carried many scars from the fear exhibited and redirected by other dogs as they waited for their cruel fate. But, in the hands of Dr Polak and the team at Animal Rescue Cambodia, he slowly started to show signs of recovery.

The visible wounds and a nasty ear infection were treated as well as the mental wounds, although they required less of a medical approach and instead lots of TLC was administered. After some time to recover and having to accommodate the delays due to COVID-19, his story has progressed to the next level, and for this lucky pooch all the way to America!

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With the help of Pet Services Cambodia, Andy was transferred to the United States where The Barking Lot welcomed him into their care. It didn’t take long for this loveable hound to catch the eyes of a new family. Shortly after his paws landed Stateside he had a ‘virtual playdate’ with his new family and it was love at first sight. Now when a door opens it just means cuddles, no more fear. His luck has finally changed.

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For Andy, this story has a happy ending, but there are millions of dogs that aren’t as lucky. Your support could help us end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia and rescue more dogs like Andy. Find out more

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Hannah Baker

Head of Communications UK

Hannah heads up the Communications team for FOUR PAWS UK and handles all press and marketing enquiries as well as managing the social media accounts. Having worked in the animal welfare sector for nearly a decade she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of what we can do to help our animal friends at home and further afield.

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