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Dog saved from slaughterhouse in China adopted by Toledo couple

Golden was rescued in January, and he arrived at his new home this week.
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 6:07 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A dog that was rescued from a slaughterhouse in China is settling into his new home here in Toledo, and his remarkable story of survival has captured a lot of attention.

His name is Golden. He’s only been living with Gary and Ann Jones for a few days, but he’s already settling right into his new life. He was rescued from a Chinese slaughterhouse in January with other dogs.

“It brings tears to my eyes when I think about what he has been through,” says Gary. “Actually, I try not to think about it because I’ve seen pictures. I am tearing up right now talking about it. But he has a wonderful home where he will be loved forever.”

After being saved in China‚ Golden had a long way to go before getting to Ohio. He was first flown to Canada and then Seattle, where rescuers discovered he was sick.

Amy Gheres is the President of the Golden Retriever Rescue Resource. Along with saving a lot of dogs here, the rescue group is also involved in efforts to save dogs from the meat trade in China.

“Golden has an incredible will to live,” says Amy, who immediately knew she wanted to help Golden after seeing his picture. “Think about all he has survived. As long as he’s happy, we will go to whatever lengths we need to to make sure he gets everything he needs. So many people helped make this story possible from the volunteers on the ground in China to the pilots who donated their time to help get him from Seattle to his new home. We are so grateful to everyone.”

Golden had pneumonia and was eventually diagnosed with cancer.

“It is emotional to talk about all he is facing,” says Gary. “But as you can see, he is such a happy boy. To be able to do whatever he needs to lead a healthy life, that is what’s important to all of us.”

Gary and Ann adopted him through the rescue, and he arrived at his new home earlier this week.

“I hope this story encourages others to say what can I do? Who can I help save, or who can I help rescue? There are so many that need to be rescued. One dog at a time can make a big difference,” says Ann.

Ann says she and Gary quickly learned that their dog is famous. Through the power of social media, his story has been shared around the world.

“When we had him at the vet a woman came up and said is that golden? I’ve been following his story. He has thousands from all over who have followed his story. We got a kick out of that.”

Golden will be undergoing chemotherapy and no matter how much time he has left, Ann says she and Gary will make sure all of his days are filled with love.

“We don’t know how long it will be,” she says, “but every day will be a happy day for him.”

Dogs are sometimes sold for their meat in China. There are a lot of efforts underway to change that and save as many dogs as possible. China Rescue Dogs is also part of Golden’s story. Both rescues rely on volunteers and donations to do this work.

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