What This Woman Does For 1,300 Dogs Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed.
At first glance, the photos below might look like something out of last week's episode of Hoarders. Before you grab the phone to call animal control, look again: What you're really seeing is a representation of selflessness, commitment, and unparalleled dedication to animal welfare.
Six years ago, an elderly woman named Wang Yanfang opened a dog asylum in Weinan, Shaanxi Province, China.
Yanfang established the asylum as a way to spare stray dogs from rough lives on the streets, or untimely euthanasia at the pound.
Over the years, Yanfang was joined by four other women, all of whom are in their 60's and 70's. The women work as volunteers at the asylum, each of them performing different tasks to ensure the dogs are well cared for.
Each day, the women feed, wash, and care for over 1,300 dogs.
The shelter is solely supported by donations, money that ensures that the dogs can be well-fed, groomed, and even receive medical attention.
Caring for so many animals at once certainly comes with its risks. In fact, the women are regularly bitten by the dogs, often due to the fact that an animal has recently escaped traumatic circumstances.
Despite the challenges, Yanfang says that caring for the dogs is worth it. "They're like your children," Yanfang said in an interview. "You can't bear to be apart from them, or to lose them."