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Mei Mei was malnourished and in terrible condition when she was rescued.
Recovered and loved, Mei Mei’s beautiful character shines through.
Wu Liyi, a young woman working in Guangzhou, found Mei Mei (Little Girl) starving and scared – but with three rescued dogs at home already, Liyi’s husband, Cheng Wen, agreed to take her in only if they found another, permanent home when she recovered.
At this point, she was infested with fleas and severely malnourished. She had patches of red, itchy skin where her fur was missing.
Strays are a massive problem in China and, fearful of disease, city officials often resort to culling dogs en masse, recruiting bands of local people to patrol the streets and bludgeon to death every dog in sight. Many street dogs suffer debilitating diseases like parvovirus, rickets and distemper – and at any time they can be clamped around the neck, tossed in a tiny cage with other terrified dogs, and trucked to the hideous meat markets.
The odds of Mei Mei, being rescued and taken in by a loving family must surely have been a million to one– and she seems to know just how lucky she was. From the moment Liyi took her in, Mei Mei started to wag her tail – and before long, she was first in line to greet Liyi and Wen as they arrived home.
When Mei Mei was well enough to go to a permanent home, Wen told his wife that the little street dog was now part of the family.
Today, this sweet, little dog couldn’t be happier – she visits senior homes as part of our Dr Dog animal-therapy programme and the residents adore her, waiting in line to hold her in their laps.
One of Mei Mei’s biggest fans is a 100-year-old woman in Guangzhou’s Kangtai Nursing Home (right with Liyi and Mei Mei). She looks forward to this little dog’s visits so much that she is excited for days beforehand. Mei Mei’s grateful spirit and gentle nature is truly changing lives.
Mei Mei with her rescuers and new family, Liyi and Wen.
Dr Mei Mei brings love and companionship as part of our Dr Dog animal-therapy programme.