About us

About us

We are six friends who live and work in Shanghai for many years. We enjoy the hussle and excitement of living in a sparkling and ever growing city as Shanghai. But as true animal lovers, we also can not look passed the growing number of street dogs in need.

We started small scale, on our own expenses, one dog at a time. But then we got the horrible news, one of the best shelters in Shanghai was going to be forced to close down. Many shelters in Shanghai are struggling to survive due to complaints of neighbours and raising rent prices. They are forced to move way out of Shanghai or even close down.
Katherine’s shelter was facing the same problem. She loves her animals more than anything and sacrifices a great deal of her time, money and energy. All the animals have a bad and sad past, but she takes them in without any questions asked.

With help from amazing volunteers, local and abroad, we managed to find homes for 830 dogs (and counting) so far. 
We have found some perfect adopters in Shanghai but unfortunately its simple mathematics, the demand is much smaller then the supply. Some dogs have no chance of ever leaving the shelter. So we are always on the look out for adoptable homes abroad too.
Many dogs have already left but still many more are waiting. To bring pets from China to Europe, we need 4 months to meet the prescribed import requirements . (Rabies vaccination, Blood test, Health check etc). Export to the USA/Canada takes about one month. Exporting them is a huge project and we can really use all the help we can get.

How you can help…


Although our dogs are getting the best care, no dog should ever stay in a shelter. We have seen dogs blossom to sweet beauties after they left. There is nothing that brings more comfort then a loving home. Are you ready to adopt? You can find all their profiles on our Facebook page and on our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!


Basic health care of the dogs includes Deworm, Deflea, Vaccination for DHPPi and Rabies, an international microchip and since there are already too many dogs, we also spay and neuter all our dogs, if they are old enough. This basic care costs 1.529 RMB (203 euro) on average per dog. And then of course there is food, water, electricity, etc.
For the export ones, there is the extra costs of Health Certificates, Blood tests, Travel Crates and of course the flight itself. On average this adds up to an extra cost of 3.675 RMB (470 euro).

We always ask adopters to cover the export costs, the basic costs we try to cover with donations in general. Some months we succeed but especially holiday periods in summer and around Christmas – Chinese New Year, are extremely hard. We are then swamped with abandoned pets and at same time, it is puppy season. 

Any help with carrying any of the costs will be highly appreciated. Donations are welcome through WeChat Wallet or PayPal: Shanghai-Animal-Rescue@outlook.de

Flight volunteers
If our dogs would fly alone, they would be considered as cargo, which comes with a stiff price tag. However, if they can fly with a person as extra baggage, the price drops significantly. Since we are always stretched for cash, the second option is our only option. 

The process is extremely simple. You let us know your flight at least 10 days in advance and we book the dog in. On the day of the flight, we meet you in the airport and check in the dog. You board as usual, the dog goes into the luggage department of the airplane. 

Once landed at your destination, you pick up the dog at the “oversized luggage” desk and go through customs. The adopters and our local volunteers will be waiting at the exit gate at the airport. So no costs and no hassle for you, just easy earned karma points 😉 

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Let’s take them all home!

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