Out of compassion, a former millionaire from China has lost his millionaire title by funding an animal rescue center that helps find local strays a loving home.
Once upon a time, 29-year-old Wang Yan, from a small town in the Jilin province in China had a net worth of several million Yuan.29-year-old Wang, who used to run a steel empire, built an animal rescue centre in Changchun city, northeast China’s Jinlin province, where he has spent millions rescuing over 2,000 stray dogs from the slaughterhouse However, he has completely given every penny away and become financially broke after a life-changing incident took place back in 2012.
Wang entered the Chinese steel industry when it started to boom 14 years ago, which made him a lot of money throughout the years.But he has since spent almost all of his earnings on the centre, dog food, and medical treatment to care for the dogs.
His beloved dog went missing one day. He searched high and low but to no avail. He was distraught as his dog was his closest companion.
One day however, someone suggested that he looked in a dog slaughterhouse for his dog. With a heavy heart and determination to find out once and for all where his best friend was, he got the permission from authorities to search for his dog in the slaughterhouse.
According to Sina News, Wang visited the slaughterhouse every day for an entire week to look for his dog, but could not find his lost dog. Instead, his frequent visits to the dog slaughterhouse showed him scenes and images of bloody slaughter that became permanently engraved like a tattoo in the darkest segment of his memory, with the darkest of ink.
After experiencing the horrors that happened behind the closed doors of slaughterhouses, he decided to abandon all hope for his dog and instead focus on helping stray dogs that still had a chance to live.
He used his fortune to buy the slaughterhouse, bought an abandoned steel factory converted it into an animal shelter. Since opening the centre, Wang has lost a lot of his fortune, and is now heading towards serious debt. All the money spent was his own, he does not except money from people who want to adopt a dog, only donations of food and other supplies.
Over time, he gradually improved on the shelter, making more room to shelter more stray dogs.
“Right now, we only have 215 dogs,” he said. “The most we’ve had at one time is 1,000, many of them have been adopted.”
Wang has gone into serious debt in his journey to keep the shelter running. A large majority of his debts from running the shelter comes from food supplies.
He has expressed concerns for the dogs and the sufficiency of the supplies to last them the winter. However, though in debt, the Good Samaritan refused to take any monetary donations.
“I do not accept monetary donations,” he explained. “I only hope that kind-hearted people will be able to donate a few supplies to help build a home from these 200 dogs.”
Wang is truly a man befitting of the title “a man with the heart made from gold”.
Stray dogs are a big problem in rural areas of China. Earlier this year, the local government of a district in Shandong province made headlines around China by issuing a pet ban that threatened to kill all dogs, even if the animals were licensed. One city in Yunnan slaughtered 5,000 dogs following a rabies outbreak that killed 5 people. Even if dogs are saved from the slaughterhouse, it still doesn’t come close to guaranteeing their survival.