Great news! Thanks to your immediate response and support, the dog cull in Qinhuangdao has been averted.
The details are still coming in - but it's clear that the government in Qinhuangdao felt the pressure from IFAW supporters around the world. Public notices and government web site postings announcing the cull have been taken down.
If you ever wondered whether one person can make a difference - well, this is proof that you can! Every email, message, and dollar sent had a direct effect on averting a widespread, unnecessary and cruel slaughter.
We will be keeping a close eye on the area until we are convinced that no dogs will be harmed in the future. Many locals sent their pets away to friends and family in order to protect them, and we want to make sure Qinhuangdao remains a safe place for them to return.
You see, local government officials often resort to dog culls because China has no rabies prevention program or animal welfare legislation. A single case of rabies can create a panic - leading to calls for a mass dog slaughter at anytime.
That's why it's so important for IFAW to establish vaccination and sterilization programs within China to control overpopulation and disease - before more culls are called for.
Your donation is critical to developing these programs and ending dog culls once and for all.
I'm so proud of what we were able to achieve for these dogs. Thank you for helping to prevent such tragic and needless suffering, and for making today such a wonderful day for animals.