Wang Yan worked as a successful steel manufacture, a career that earned him a rather comfortable lifestyle in his home country of China. But everything changed back in 2012 after Yan’s beloved dog went missing. Yan’s friend suggested he check a local dog slaughterhouse in Helong for his dog. When Yan arrived at the slaughterhouse he couldn’t believe what he saw.
Yan didn’t find his dog there but he saw countless other dogs being brutally treated and living in horrific conditions. Even playing witness to the bloody killings couldn’t make Yan look the other way. He hung around for an entire week, just watching and plotting what he should do.
Yan made the selfless decision to give up his financial security and purchase the slaughterhouse for 3 million Yuan ($470,186 USD). He didn’t stop there.
Yan transformed the slaughterhouse into a dog shelter, which at one point served as home to 1,000 dogs. He also turned an abandoned steel mill into a shelter to make room for more dogs.
He has since rescued over 2,000 dogs.
Yan was a millionaire prior to taking over the shelter. Today, he is in debt from caring for so many dogs. Regardless, he’s not complaining and he has no plans of giving up the shelter. He doesn’t want money, but he gladly accepts donated supplies and would love to find homes for all of the dogs currently in his care.
"I don’t accept monetary donations. I only hope that kind-hearted people will be able to donate a few supplies to help."