LOXAHATCHEE GROVES, Fla. — Update from Taste and See South Florida on 3/28/19 at 10:30
Lauree Simmons, President and Founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, took a literal four-day trip around the world to rescue 37 dogs.
In January a group of Monks in China pleaded with Big Dog Ranch Rescue to save dogs that were being abused then were to be eaten as a delicatessen in China. After working out approvals with USDA, coordinating international flights, and working on permitting the canines arrived in Loxahatchee via bus this afternoon at 3:15 p.m.
It cost about $1500 a dog for the rescue and the money was specifically raised at an event for Big Dog Ranch.
"I want to spread the word, I want to get other people involved, I wanna' help save the lives that I've seen, that I know about, and I want this China meat trade to stop," says Lauree Simmons, President and Founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
Facebook Live from when the dogs arrived
You can help, by adopting a dog at Big Dog, that will help make room for these rescues. There are pure-breed Golden Retrievers, Samoyeds, and more. They will be up for adoption after they get out of quarantine in two weeks.
A dog rescue group from Palm Beach County traveled to China this week to rescue more than 30 dogs from the dog-meat trade.
According to a written statement from Big Dog Ranch Rescue, they received an urgent plea from monks about multiple animals that needed help.
The organization said they dispatched a team and departed for Asia over the weekend and returned to the ranch with 37 dogs on Thursday.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue says their founder and president, Lauree Simmons, transported 29 dogs on a single flight from Shanghai.
“A fellow rescuer in China alerted us to the situation where a breeder suddenly had to close and sell all his purebred dogs to the “meat trucks” for under a $1 per pound. A group of monks wanted to save these dogs but found that they could not afford to support them … that is where we stepped in,” said Simmons.
Eight more dogs were transported on a separate flight from Beijing.
The group said they navigated import permits and USDA approvals in order to save the dogs’ lives and bring them to South Florida.
Donations raised at a March 9 fundraising event were used to support the overseas rescue.
The rescue group said among the dog rescued included: Golden Retrievers, poodles, Samoyeds, a Schnauzer and other breeds.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue, based in Loxahathcee Groves, prides itself as “the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the United States.”