In October 2019, FOUR PAWS shut down a dog slaughterhouse in Takeo Province, Cambodia, rescuing all dogs that were on-site awaiting slaughter. Several dogs had severe wounds and untreated injures which required medical treatment, while others were incredibly emotionally traumatized. In late 2019, 6 of the rescued pups made the journey from Cambodia to the US where they were adopted into loving homes thanks to FOUR PAWS US and our local partner Connect-A-Pet New England. The remaining four dogs (Lucy, Bodie, Benji and Andy) stayed behind at our partner Animal Rescue Cambodia because they needed additional socialization and care, so that they too would learn to trust people again.
Unfortunately, just prior to Lucy, Bodie, Benji and Andy leaving for the US, their travel plans were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As most airlines discontinued service to Cambodia, the pups were forced to stay in the country for a while longer.
Lucy was the most nervous and fearful out of the slaughterhouse dogs. She frequently hid in her kennel, scared that she might be snatched or killed. Lucy however loved snacks, and so with time, her carer Monich was able to spoil her with delicious treats, and she slowly came out of her shell. She went to live with a foster mom, who then realised that she simply could not say goodbye to Lucy. Eventually she was adopted by her foster mom in Phnom Penh, and is now enjoying exploring ancient temples and going for tuk tuk rides.
The owner thought he brought his business ‘good luck’ and therefore kept Andy locked in a cage in the slaughterhouse for more than 2 years.
Andy is a shy but very sweet guy, and has scars all over his body from where he was most likely attacked from other dogs in the cage. He also suffered from a severe ear infection when rescued. He enjoys being cuddled, stroked, and other dogs if they are well behaved.
Update August 2020: Andy was able to be transferred to the US and welcomes by local organisation 'The Barking Lot'. The organisation set up a "virtual play-date" with a potential new loving family right away - and we saved the best news for last: Andy has just been adopted! Now, the only thing that happens when the door to his room opens, is that someone comes to give him a cuddle. We are more than happy that Andy's story has found a happy end!
He is timid dog rescued from the slaughterhouse. Originally fearful after his rescue, he has improved dramatically while at the shelter with ongoing socialization and care. He is very bonded with his human carer at the shelter Monique – the two enjoy afternoon cuddle sessions. Benji also has a special talent for ‘smiling’ on command. He is current at Animal Rescue Cambodia awaiting transport to the US.
Bodie is another slaughterhouse rescue, a sweet, playful girl, Bodie is very curious. She loves food and treats, and likes to stand on top of her crate and watch what is going on outside her kennel. She gets on well with the other dogs, although she can be quite shy with strangers at first. Bodie is currently at Animal Rescue Cambodia, awaiting transport to the US.
These dogs are safe from the brutal dog meat trade, but they are still awaiting their forever homes. Unfortunately, flights are extremely limited due to the COVID-19 situation, but we are working on ensuring a safe transport for adoption.