The dogs would have been killed if Valerie Curran not intervened and saved them.

Curran raised $20,000 to fly to China and save 25 dogs. 

“They just have a very different outlook on animals,” Valerie Curran said about residents in China.

As part of China’s annual Yulin Dog Festival, Curran said 10,000 dogs are tortured and killed.

“The more they cause pain and suffering, they feel like the better the meat tastes. So, when I learned about that I was determined to get involved and figure out a way to help,” Curran said.

Curran works with the global animal rescue group, No Dogs Left Behind. 


The Raleigh animal lover raised money to travel to China where she volunteered in the group’s animal shelter for a few days. She flew home with seven of the 25 dogs she helped save.

Three of them already have new homes.

“Animals are so important to us. They are on the front lines with our military, they do search and rescue. They are therapy dogs,” Curran said.

Four of the dogs are still in need of a good home.

“These dogs are an opportunity to make others aware about the situation going on. So when they walk the streets these dogs are ambassadors and it would be wonderful if those families utilize that,” Curran said.

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