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The first rescue dog to arrive in the UK from the notorious Chinese dog meat trade since the pandemic has found a new lease on life in Wendover. Debbie Hairy, a three-year-old spitz-type pup, was saved from the harrowing Yulin Dog Meat Festival and is now thriving with her loving adoptive family, Peter and Hayley Finch. Their heartwarming story sheds light on the tireless efforts of the NoToDogMeat charity, working to save and provide safe shelter for dogs saved from the horrors of the meat trade.

Debbie’s journey to safety started a month ago when she was rescued from the brutal conditions of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. NoToDogMeat, a charity that aims to end the dog and cat meat trade, played a pivotal role in bringing her to the UK. Currently, the charity cares for 750 dogs in its Chinese shelters, but its ultimate goal is to find loving homes for all these dogs. Debbie’s arrival marked a significant step towards that objective.

Upon arriving in Wendover, Debbie found her forever home with Hayley and Peter Finch. Hayley, who is also a press officer for NoToDogMeat, worked on the story of Debbie’s arrival, which ultimately led to her adoption. The couple plans to take Debbie to various events to raise awareness for the charity and help other dogs like her find loving homes.

Debbie’s new life in the UK began with a television appearance to promote the charity’s vital work. Despite the trauma she endured, Debbie has shown remarkable strength and resilience. However, her healing journey was not without its challenges. Having suffered at the hands of meat trade butchers in China, she initially struggled to trust men. Yet, with time and patience, she began to build a trusting bond with Peter, which brought immense joy to the entire family.

In a significant milestone, Debbie recently visited the newly opened Clips grooming parlor at Dobbies Garden Centre in Wendover. There, she received much-needed coat care from stylist Courtney Hearsum. This grooming session was a first-time experience for Debbie, and it showcased her incredible progress in embracing new experiences.

Founded in 2009 by London lawyer Julia de Cadenet, NoToDogMeat has been a beacon of hope for countless dogs facing an unspeakable fate in the meat trade. The charity empowers individuals in countries with a meat trade who seek to make a difference. Additionally, it provides safe shelter and care for rescued dogs, including those like Debbie, who have experienced unimaginable suffering.

NoToDogMeat’s commitment to ending the inhumane and unsanitary slaughter of dogs and cats has earned it United Nations Special Consultative Status. The charity provides regular reports on its findings, furthering efforts to outlaw the brutal practices in countries where the meat trade persists.

Debbie Hairy’s incredible journey from the dark corners of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival to a loving home in Wendover is a story of hope, compassion, and resilience. The NoToDogMeat charity’s unwavering dedication to ending the dog and cat meat trade has given dogs like Debbie a second chance at life. As Debbie continues to thrive and touch the hearts of everyone around her, her story serves as a reminder that every life is worth saving, and with collective efforts, we can bring an end to this cruel practice.

To stay updated on Debbie’s progress, follow her heartwarming journey on Instagram @debbiehairydog, and to learn more about NoToDogMeat’s work or contribute to their mission, visit Together, we can create a world where every dog finds love, care, and a safe home.

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