Man Uses Fortune To Save More Than 2,000 Dogs From Slaughterhouse

A man in China has used his personal fortune to rescue thousands of dogs in the last three years.

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This is what a hero looks like. Via China.org/Twitter
This is what a hero looks like. Via China.org/Twitter

What is the point of wealth and success if you can’t use it to do some good in this world?

Wang Yan of China must agree with that sentiment, because he has used his personal fortune to save more than 2,000 dogs from being slaughtered in the last three years, China.org reports.
 


It all started in 2012 when Yan’s dog went missing. He looked everywhere, with no luck.

“Finally someone let me go into the slaughterhouse to try my luck there,” Yan told The Shangaiist. (Eating dog meat is a long-held tradition in China.)

Even though Yan, who lives in Helong town in Jilin province, did not locate his missing dog in the slaughterhouse, he did find a new mission along the way. The 29-year-old used a large chunk of his money to buy the slaughterhouse and create an animal shelter instead.
 


In the last three years, Yan has saved the lives of 2,000 dogs and spent more than 1 million yuan (US $156,755) doing so, China.org reports.

Even though he has gone into debt, according to The Shangaiist, he does not accept monetary donations — only donated supplies.

“I only hope that kind-hearted people will be able to donate a few supplies to help build a home [for these dogs],” he said.

This, right here, is probably one of the most selfless and heroic acts ever.

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  • God bless you Wang Yan! You are an angel among us here on earth! Thank you for your great kindness and compassion! May you and your loved ones always be greatly blessed and protected from all harm!

    Lynn Juozilaitis December 16, 2015 12:06 am Reply
    • This is such a blessing!! May God richly bless you for your efforts. As a ‘guardian’, I, too love dogs and fully support efforts to help give them the best live possible.

      Jacqueline F. December 16, 2015 6:16 am Reply
  • Your overwhelming generosity of spirit, kindness and ACTION brought tears to my eyes. You saw a horrible problem, and you SOLVED IT without hesitation. I thank you for all the dog lovers of the world. You are one of the best of the BEST.

    Shari December 16, 2015 12:12 am Reply
  • I feel proud of being a human after the selfless and angelic work of Wang Tan. Thank you, Wang Tan–you are wonderful!

    Cindi December 16, 2015 12:22 am Reply
    • I love your words and I echo the sentiment. People like this make me feel like there’s still goodness and hope in the world. This man embodies both – so incredible. Wish he would accept monetary donations as I find animal welfare supporters to be among the most generous and willing to pitch in and help. Even $5 from people would be something.

      Andrea December 16, 2015 3:21 am Reply
  • Wish there were a way I could somehow donate supplies from here. You are doing something marvelous, and the whole world of animal lovers appreciates it. Thank you.

    Karen L. Lew December 16, 2015 1:04 am Reply
  • Wang Yan you are awesome!! Your lovely dog would be so proud of you. Thankyou for your amasing generosity and courage.

    Cat December 16, 2015 1:14 am Reply
  • You are a true hero. You turned your personal loss into a selfless mission to help dogs who otherwise would have been killed. I wish you much success and happiness as you bring a ray of hope and compassion to the dogs of China. Thank you for your generous spirit and kind heart.

    Gayle Janzen December 16, 2015 1:44 am Reply
  • Wang Yan, you are the kind of man that men should be. You are and always will be a,hero. Keep up the good works and think a little about,accepting money donations. I know it would be a little more,difficult but sending supplies is very expensive. If you had money you could buy what is needed. Please reconsider.i donate to a shelter in BC. Sending things costs more then what is in the box, so I send them a check.

    Ann Altermann December 16, 2015 1:50 am Reply
  • YOUR EXTREMELY SPECIAL ,YOU HAVE A LOVE IN YOU THAT GO,S VERY DEEP, INTO YOUR SOUL, SOMETHING ALL DOG LOVERS DO NOT HAVE, GOD PLANTED THAT SEED , KEEP UP YOUR WONDERFUL LOVE FOR GOD,S LOVING DOGS THAT CAN,NOT DO IT WITH OUT YOUR HELP ,MAYBE YOUR SHOWING MORE PEOPLE HOW EASY LOVE OUT OF HEART CAN MAKE A DIFFER ACNE GROUPS COULD DO IT ,IF ONE MAN CAN , THANK YOU FOR ALL THE DOG,S YOU ARE SAVING PRAY AND HE WILL DELIVER WHAT YOU ASK FOR , YOUR WONDERFUL BEYOND A HUMAN O TODAY’S STANDARD BLESS YOU WANG TAN ,

    JACKIE COULTER December 16, 2015 2:02 am Reply
  • Wang Yan, God bless you for your kindness and generosity of spirit. Please consider accepting donations to continue your good work, and build a shelter for cats. They wind up on the dinner table, too.

    Miki Osep December 16, 2015 2:04 am Reply
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I wish you a long and happy life.

    Ana Costa December 16, 2015 2:16 am Reply
  • WANG YAN IS TRULY AN ANGEL FOR THESE DOGS. I WISH HIS COUNTRY WOULD TAKE A LESSON FROM HIM. THE CRUELTY TOWARDS CATS AND DOGS IN CHINA IS BEYOND HORRIBLE! I PRAY THAT THE PEOPLE OF HIS COUNTRY WILL LOOK AT WHAT WANG YAN HAS DONE AND FIND THE SAME COMPASSION IN THEIR HEARTS. I PRAY FOR THIS EVERY DAY. GOD BLESS WANG YAN AND ALL THE ANIMALS IN CHINA.

    Diane Pease December 16, 2015 3:05 am Reply
  • May Gid continue to bless you and all the animals in your care.

    Annette December 16, 2015 3:18 am Reply
  • Thank you so so much for your work with these dogs. If there were more people like you what a wonderful world we would have.
    God bless you!!!! May God keep you healthy and safe.

    Dianne December 16, 2015 3:28 am Reply
  • you are a real hero god bless and keep you always

    rose correia December 16, 2015 3:30 am Reply
  • YOU HAVE GIVEN US HOPE IN THIS WORLD THAT THERE ARE HUMANE CARING PEOPLE IN CHINA AS ONLY EVER READ ABOUT THE CRUELTY OUT HERE, THANK YOU FROM MY HEART FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND PRAY YOU ARE ABLE TO CARRY ON WITH YOUR WONDERFUL WORK, CHANGING THE WAY CHINESE THINK ABOUT ANIMALS IS A HUGE TASK BUT YOU ARE DOING THIS.

    NORMA JONES December 16, 2015 3:57 am Reply
  • I am SO happy for these dogs 🙂 Wang Yan, you are an earth angel 🙂 Love and peace to you and your dogs and all animals on this earth XXX

    gilly December 16, 2015 3:58 am Reply
  • So many terrible stories about these slaughter houses and then this wonderful man comes along. I can only agree with others who have called you an angel and yes your own beloved dog would be so proud and as awful as it is he is lost, because of him you have indeed found so many to help. It is a dreadful day when your fur babies are gone but as we know animals have no sin and always have a free pass to Rainbow Bridge, we humans have to work to get to heaven, but I’m thinking you have your place waiting when you’re ready. God Bless.

    Angela December 16, 2015 4:13 am Reply
  • Thank you Mr. Wang Yan, there are no words to express how truly wonderful you are. Please consider accepting monetary donations so that we around the world can help you continue your good work for these beautiful dogs today and in the future.

    Rosemary December 16, 2015 4:45 am Reply
  • What a wonderful man. xoxoxoxoxox

    Joyce LIBRANT December 16, 2015 4:57 am Reply
    • The hosntey of your posting is there for all to see

      Rose April 14, 2016 12:50 am Reply
  • What a wonderful compassionate man, he is remembering his own dear dog in the best way ever, by rescuing and caring for so many others like it. God Bless You, Wang Yan, you’re an angel.

    Margaret December 16, 2015 5:18 am Reply
  • I sit here writing this with tears in my eyes. Mr. Wang Yan you are the definition of a hero: A man admired for his qualities or achievements and regarded as an ideal or model. You are all those things and more.
    God bless you with health and with support in all that you do for animals.

    dorothy reiners December 16, 2015 5:30 am Reply
  • Thank you so much sir!! Dogs have long been mans best friend. They show such unconditional love and deep devotion. Only in rare instances are there “bad” dogs but terrible owners. Thank you for your devotion to your best friend. When looking at the number of dogs in the photo, I can’t help wonder how many maybe someone’s family pet. I can’t imagine the confusion and fear they are experiencing.

    Nothing has caused visceral responses in me as the horrific torture of the illegal dog meat trade. I was blind to this and could not believe it existed until I was exposed to the work of Soi Dog foundation. They work in combating illegal dog meat trade. I have great respect for them and YOU!

    Karen December 16, 2015 5:34 am Reply
  • God Bless You! I wish I had the money and resources to save our precious animals. You are a great man. God will bless and take care of you the rest of your life….. as you do for our furry friends.

    Diane December 16, 2015 5:57 am Reply
  • Mr Yan you are a very, very special person. God bless you and your dogs. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done. Your an angel!!!!

    Libby Garofalo December 16, 2015 6:03 am Reply
  • You kindness will be repaid to you many times over.., good karma! Blessings to you! Thank you!!!

    Kat Laskey December 16, 2015 6:37 am Reply
    • This forum needed shkanig up and you’ve just done that. Great post!

      Cammie April 14, 2016 12:00 am Reply
  • Your are an angel! Great job!

    Linda December 16, 2015 6:43 am Reply
  • A shining example of a human being a Shepard of this earth. God bless you and all your flock. A tear of joy for you. It’s stories like this that give us all hope.

    Kimberly McGuire December 16, 2015 7:04 am Reply
  • So impressed with what this man has done. I hope he changes his mind and will accept monetary donations. I can’t see how he will be able to keep this going without money.

    Cecily December 16, 2015 7:41 am Reply
  • See, there really is good people out there. He saw a need, and the ability thru heart & pocket to fix it. He will be be honored because of this good deed; if not here, then in the next world. Thankyou.

    Theresa Bushey December 16, 2015 7:42 am Reply
  • This man has done what I’ve always said I’d do if I won the lottery. (But I don’t gamble.) He has my heart. BTW, our family has a Xmas tradition of giving to each other’s favorite animal charties. Far more satisfying than some trinket quickly forgotten.

    Merry Christmas everyone, esp. our needy critters.

    Vicky Bebis December 16, 2015 7:49 am Reply
  • many blessings wished for you for your kind heart

    marsha December 16, 2015 7:52 am Reply
  • Thank You Wan Yang for your kindness and compassion for these poor dogs, saving them from a brutal death. You have set a fine example for others to follow. May God Bless You for what you have done.

    Carolyn Denton December 16, 2015 7:53 am Reply
  • What a wonderful person this man is! I hope others in China and around the world will follow his worthy example!

    Mindy Pfeiffer December 16, 2015 7:56 am Reply
  • You are God sent to these poor dogs. Thank you for opening your heart to these dogs. God bless you. God be with you and the dogs.

    Cynthia December 16, 2015 8:12 am Reply
  • What a beautiful soul you have to save these animals. May you inspire us all to do better. Thank you so much for being an angel to these dogs and I’m sure they love you very much–we do, too.

    Gerrie Rue Armstrong December 16, 2015 8:25 am Reply
  • People like Wan Yang help restore one’s faith in humanity. This world seems lost to darkness, but Wan Yang is a beacon of hope. Thank you for what you have and are doing for these precious dogs! The dog meat trade is such a betrayal of an animal that just wants to give & receive love from humans. By his lifesaving actions, Wan Yang is showing everyone that compassion is the way to be towards dogs & all animals. May God continue to richly bless him, the dogs and his ministry of kindness.

    Suzanne December 16, 2015 8:29 am Reply
  • At last a man that restores faith in mankind. You are a special human being and I truly wish you the best in your life.

    Terry Maslasz December 16, 2015 8:29 am Reply
  • Thank you so much – you are truly an angel!

    Lesley December 16, 2015 8:36 am Reply
  • Dear Sir: You could never imagine how much I love you for this unselfish act. You, sie, are an Angel.

    Joanne December 16, 2015 8:43 am Reply
  • I’ve always loved animals and thought they were gifts to us from God. Mr. Yan, you are an incredible gift from God. To do what you have done to save all these animals is amazing – you are a wonderful person and such a blessing to the animals. Thank you for everything you do to save these precious animals.

    J. C. December 16, 2015 8:44 am Reply
  • Thank you, thank you !!!!! But…… you need to accept some donations so all the critters could go on living and thriving. It is very difficult for us to send supplies so please contact some authority and find out how you can make this a “true sanctuary”, and accept donations so you can continue and even get more. We all love what you’ve done but going broke is not the answer. Thanks, with love, Francine, Doggie / cat lover from LA…… you never mentioned if you found your dog ?

    Francine December 16, 2015 8:56 am Reply
  • You are a good man Sir, this is who kids should see as role model not those who use money just to make their own lives better and flaunt it. Thank you Sir.

    Arturo December 16, 2015 9:10 am Reply
    • I really codlun’t ask for more from this article.

      Lynell April 14, 2016 1:04 am Reply
  • You are truly a gentle man. Thank you for all you do for dogs. I hope some day this habit of eating dog meat will end.

    Barbara. Hanson December 16, 2015 9:12 am Reply
  • If only there were more people in the world like you, Wan, this world would not be in the awful shape it’s in right now…Thank you!…Hope your heartwarming example won’t go unnoticed there.

    Jeanette D.Fitzgerald December 16, 2015 9:19 am Reply
  • God bless you, Sir!!!!! Karma will reward you!!!!!!

    Dawn December 16, 2015 9:28 am Reply
    • I was drawn by the honstey of what you write

      Bobbie April 13, 2016 9:59 pm Reply
  • Thank you for your mission to save the animals. We as animal lovers are blessed to have someone such as yourself to protect our fur friends. Bless you.

    TINA December 16, 2015 9:34 am Reply
  • What a wonderful man and a wonderful thing to do,many thanks from all the dogs you have saved from a horrific death.You are an angel on earth if only more people with money could be like you. God bless.

    Anita Maynard December 16, 2015 9:37 am Reply
  • What an incredible testament to the love of animals! One dog (who was probably an angel in disguise) changed this man’s life forever. I hope God richly blesses him and those people who help and support him.

    Kate December 16, 2015 9:46 am Reply
  • Your dog has lead you to “your calling”, from God, and you knew it! You are truly blessed and I so respect you for what you have done. My God now Bless You again and your dog comes home to you.

    BOB December 16, 2015 10:27 am Reply
  • What a wonderful, caring, generous man! Thank you and God Bless!

    RoseMarie December 16, 2015 10:41 am Reply
  • God Bless You Mr Wan Yang !!!! You are a wonderful person .

    Liliana December 16, 2015 10:42 am Reply
  • Thank you, sir, many times over!

    Gail G. December 16, 2015 11:01 am Reply
  • Sorry to bring this up, but this wonderful man deserves an award way more than Bruce Jenner needs one for becoming a woman. This man is a true hero. Thank you for your love and compassion towards these helpless dogs.

    Lani December 16, 2015 11:34 am Reply
  • Thank you for all you are doing to help these beings who are not able to speak up for themselves. When I read this article about you and these dogs – my first thought was ‘And so a good deed shines in this weary world’. May you – and all beings (especially the non human species) – be safe, well, happy and peaceful. May they all live free and live in peace and be loved by someone. Thank you.

    Sandy December 16, 2015 11:42 am Reply
  • Mr. Wan Yang you are a true angel. God Bless you and all those wonderful dogs you have saved. I will pray for you and hope your financial burden will be overcome. Thank you for all you have done for the dogs of China.

    Rozanna Ramirez December 16, 2015 1:31 pm Reply
  • Wang Yan — you’re wonderful === we love you, we adore you, we respect you ==== Now, if only you can muster up a following so that more and more NO-KILL Rescues such as yours can be replicated in China along with the rest of Asia, along with the rest of the world, East and West. == Please, do everything you can to SHUT DOWN those cruel, callous, immoral, merciless, irrational and unconscionable DOG & CAT MEAT FARMS === we must intervene to save dogs and cats who have no voice but ours. Thank you.

    MS December 16, 2015 1:38 pm Reply
  • You are a hero of mine now!!

    Debra December 16, 2015 1:52 pm Reply
  • Thank you Wang Yan for all that you have done. You are a God send. I wished more people would do what you have done and shut down those horrible slaughter houses. But you have taken a first step and hopefully more will follow. God Bless

    LadySirella December 16, 2015 2:14 pm Reply
    • Great thgnniki! That really breaks the mold!

      Malinda April 14, 2016 1:12 am Reply
  • Brillant. god bless you Wang Yan and thank you.

    Annabel December 16, 2015 2:16 pm Reply
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH, MR. YAN ………… you are, without a doubt, a hero.

    I wish I lived in China so that I could give you lots and lots of supplies. For what you have done, to give supplies would pale in comparison – though that is what you have asked.

    I PRAY that many, many people will come forward and donate those desperately needed items. This is my prayer for you and for all of the doggies that you have already saved and will save in the future. AMEN.

    lisa December 16, 2015 2:35 pm Reply
  • This was such a good, kind deed, and you will be blessed for your kindness and love. What goes around comes around. When you do good to others, good comes back to you. I believe you are a guardian angel for these dogs. May God bless you for your great love. I hope that you eventually decide to accept monetary donations, because you will need money eventually to keep the shelter and the bills paid, such as heating bills. You also deserve a salary for your good work. Please ask for monetary donations. Other shelters do in the US, because people have to have an income. Please reconsider this option.

    Dotti December 16, 2015 2:59 pm Reply
  • Good use of money! Now, we must seek an end to “CAT CHOW”!

    RONALD December 16, 2015 3:41 pm Reply
  • You are my HERO! Thank You from the bottom of my heart. God will reward you!!

    Victoria Apodaca December 16, 2015 4:27 pm Reply
  • Thank you Wang for your the wonderful work you are doing for animals in your country. I share the same sentiments that have been shared by many readers above. I have not seen such an outpouring of heartwarming support you have already received from readers in such a short time. I also wish there was a way to send supplies from here as well. Perhaps there would be a way through the International Humane Society. I will keep you and the work you are doing in my prayers.

    Pat December 16, 2015 4:46 pm Reply
  • God Bless you…We all thank you.

    toni December 16, 2015 4:48 pm Reply
  • You-sir-are a true hero. If there were more people like you,the world would be a much kinder place. Thank you for everything you do for the dogs.

    Sue December 16, 2015 4:58 pm Reply
  • YOU THE MAN….YAN. NEVER STOP !!

    EDWARD JACKSON III December 16, 2015 5:18 pm Reply
  • I have always been so ashamed of my countrymen for their atrocious treatment of animals, but Wang Yan has given me hope that maybe the younger generation of Chinese will be more enlightened and forsake the superstitious ignorance of their elders regarding the consuming of bear bile, tiger penises, rhino horn, dog and cat meat, and other products of cruelty. Thank you, Mr. Wang.

    Czerny Auyang December 16, 2015 6:12 pm Reply
  • I just want to hug and thank him,and say to the people in China.That think and Condon and eat got meat….May karma come back 10 fold.May you suffer like these poor babys that did nothing to deserve such a horrorable vile fate.TRUELLY SICK

    Mel December 16, 2015 6:27 pm Reply
  • What an AWESOME MAN!

    Keri December 16, 2015 7:24 pm Reply
  • God Bless you, Wang Yan! You are one in a million – a credit to your Country! Thank you for saving those beautiful dogs! You are in my prayers!!

    H. Stellingwerff December 16, 2015 7:35 pm Reply
  • God bless you Wang Yan!!!! You are a true hero!!! Please keep up the good work and continue to spread the word that dogs are man’s companions and not for eating!!! The world needs more people like you.

    Sheri Verges December 16, 2015 7:41 pm Reply
  • I love you Wang Yan! You have a big heart, and may God bless you and all the animals. Keep up the good work!

    Tracey December 16, 2015 7:48 pm Reply
  • There is a special place in heaven for you. God will bless you.

    Sharon December 16, 2015 8:39 pm Reply
  • What kind of supplies do you need and how do we get them to you?

    Sharon Williams December 16, 2015 8:40 pm Reply
  • Sent with much respect and gratitude for what you are doing. Thank you, sir.

    Karen December 16, 2015 8:41 pm Reply
  • An amazing story to such a selfless act of kindness to Gods creatures. Made me cry. Please if you won’t accept donations tell us what you need and how to get the supplies you need to you. You have thousands here in the United States that are willing to help! God Bless you, Wang Yan! You are True Angel sent from above to help these poor animals.

    Diane December 16, 2015 10:20 pm Reply
  • A true hero!

    Wendie December 16, 2015 11:18 pm Reply
  • It is very compassionate of you to save these animals and strive to save even more. To hear of this rescue operation while at the same time horrors from the dog meat and dog skin (leather) trade is being exposed helps to counter the disgust. It is important for people all over the world to know that there are good people in every country and land who care for animals and are working to end their suffering. May you be blessed one thousand fold and more for your efforts and commitment. Thank you and reach out to the world for help if you need it.

    Julie Ostoich December 17, 2015 1:20 am Reply
  • What a wonderful caring man. Is he really Chinese ? It is such a contradiction. We could well hear about a humane Korean or Japanese. No, not really – I am dreaming again.

    Adrian Appley December 18, 2015 12:38 pm Reply
  • Wan Yang, definition:a great humanitarian, great champion/voice to the beloved dogs he has given so much freedom and love to. I cry with such hope for others to join in this huge battle. I pray that all donations can cover the continuation of your great work. How can we all help???

    Debe May 24, 2016 7:24 am Reply
    • So sorry Wang Yan. Thank you for your compassion and love for “mans best friend”! You are earths true angel and God bless you from the hearts of many who believe in you????

      Debe May 24, 2016 7:38 am Reply
  • God Bless you & your love of dogs !! Where do we send donations ! ????????????????????

    Robbin May 24, 2016 10:15 am Reply
  • A true hero emerges from the depths of despair…you are truly a savior amongst men.

    Gina Lau May 24, 2016 11:27 am Reply
  • I think that you are a very special man. You did what I would do if I had lots of money. Bless you Mr. Yan. Continue the good work.

    Lynn Quan-Vera May 24, 2016 2:48 pm Reply

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