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Where there are demolitions, there are stray dogs. Starting from Qing Hai Ying 3 years ago, stray dogs left in the reconstruction areas become common scenes in Beijing. While their owners move on to new lives in new homes, sadly these once beloved dogs are left behind, facing the rubbles of the old home as well as their unforeseeable future.
Last year, Rui Jia (瑞家), a rescue team for stray animals made a clip called “The watch keep in ruins”(废墟中的守望), telling the sad stories of those pets abandoned in Qing He Ying, a reconstruction area in Chaoyang District, Beijing. “The dogs are abandoned because of demolition, they may be cooked once get caught.”said a villager in the clip.
This year, Beijing will have over 50 suburban villages demolished, which means even more pets will be abandoned. It is a fact, and heavy. Most volunteers feel that their abilities fall short of their wishes to help：to save, but they don’t have enough people and resources to support the ongoing rescue; not to save, but those creatures are also lives.
Its name is Cang Cang. Sitting in this roofless high land like a statue, Cang Cang looks and looks and looks at its old home’s ruin opposite. It would not step away from the spot, sometimes its tired eyes will gaze at the passers-by. When evening falls or rain drops, it crunches into the pieces of asbestos tiles behind.
Without home, this doggy doesn’t know where it belongs.
After the demolition of home, Xiao Xiong went out for food at day time and come back to "keep the home” at night. A neighbor sympathized it and kept it home for a few months until later she had to move away too. Then another family took Xiao Xiong in, but it managed to go back to its original home. No one saw it again. Volunteers was told that it was bitten to death by a big dog. May be this is its fate, to live and die along with its home. May be in its heart, it believes there is only one home, and one owner.
For some reason, these two became friends around the ruins.
Owner moved during Xiao Hua’s pregnancy. She gave birth to her doggies in the very place in the world that she felt safe – home, which is later bulldozed together with the doggies. Xiao Hua kept lingering around the ruins since then. She would go and watch door at night for those who give her meals. Temporarily she was taken in by a kind family.
Later there came a yellow little dog and white kitten, to whom Xiao Hua exerted love and care out of her unfinished motherhood.
March 28th, volunteer received a text massage from the family that kept Xiao Hua temporarily: the household next door have moved, and the house was down, the dog lives in the old kang(炕), still adorable, just a little dirty because of the ashes, take him away please.
Though full of ashes and dusts from kang, the dog still had clear eyes. It was frightened by the sudden lost of home and family, but after volunteers played with it with sausage, it began to lighten up and bite straws to play around. On the way to the base however, it thrown up ashes: all these days it had been feed on the ashes from the kang because it is too intimidated to leave the spot.
During the search of the dog living in kang, volunteers stumbled upon another intimidated black dog hiding among the ruins of the house that was torn down 2 days ago.
Black Huan Huan, a dog taken in temporarily by the family at the mouth of the village.For the time before they move, Black Huan Huan served as a door keeper for the family. After that it could have been transferred to a stable home by volunteers as everybody wished had not for the moving truck that ran over its body. It was just 3 days away before Black Huan Huan can be transferred.
Old Black is always this cowing and frightened. It was cornered and anaesthetized before people can bring it away.
Xiao Cai’s doggies were also buried in the ruins which was why she wouldn’t left. As a dog that has never been adopted or offered meals, she lives through these several months, a true miracle. Volunteers tried to take her away but she always flashed out of sight in seconds.
On this winter day, volunteers met her again. She was pregnant again, her tongue turned purple. In such cold days, water is frozen and food is hard to find. The living prospect seems quite minor for her and her babies. But volunteers couldn’t manage to get closer. And Xiao Cai disappeared for good from the ruins afterwards.
Xiao Huang was transferred to the recycle collecting tenant by the landlord. Volunteers proposed in vain to have Xiao Huang sterilized in case it delivers more doggies that could be abandoned when the family move. Later, Xiao Huang gave birth to 5 doggies which the family asked volunteers to take away. However, new born doggies need to be feed by their mother, the family then suggested to lease Xiao Huang at a price of 300 yuan.
Volunteers help villagers to have their dogs sterilized, still some families will reject to do so even they clearly state that dogs stay while they move, thus doggies keep coming to this cruel world, in groups.
Wooden house made by volunteers.
Black Girl was also pregnant. She was sold to volunteers as meat for 100 yuan by her owner, which apparently was something she could not comprehend otherwise she should not have found a chance to broke lose and run back to its owner.
Demolitions carry on, the city’s moving forward, why left them behind?
(Source from sohu.com Photos by 昔音)
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