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With your help, we can help bring in even more dogs from China…

China's Dog Meat Trade

CAUTION: The information below will be disturbing.

China's dog meat trade has been going on for decades. As you read through this account of the dog meat trade, you must keep in mind that this is not a cultural tradition and that there is a rapidly growing outcry against the practice not only internationally but from the Chinese people themselves. Please don't paint the Chinese people with a broad brush.

You may be under the misconception that there are dog farms in China, similar to our cattle ranches: dogs are bred, born, raised then taken off to the slaughterhouse for a humane demise. You couldn't be further from the truth. Many of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade are stolen pets! Due to the lack of awareness dog ownership responsibilities and of the risk, many people in China do not keep their dogs on leashes. Dog meat trade vans will cruise the streets of Beijing and surrounding towns looking for dogs. Here is a possible scenario: someone is walking his/her dog down the street (off leash), a van pulls up, a guy jumps out and snatches the dog before the owner can react. Most of the time, in cases like this, the owner will never see that dog again! Millions of pet dogs are stolen every year and sent to slaughterhouses. Strictly speaking, the selling and eating of dog meat is against the law in China. This is not because of any animal rights laws, because there are zero animal rights laws, but because dogs are not only nabbed off the street. The slaughtering of dogs is extremely unpleasant. The "custom" of consuming dog meat requires that the dogs be slaughtered in a certain way in order to make the meat more succulent.

The stopping of trucks and confiscating dogs on their way to a slaughter house is dangerous work that requires a large group of dedicated volunteers whose sole purpose is to save dogs from the horror in which they've been living and a very painful death.

Once there are enough volunteers at the scene, the dogs are confiscated and off-loaded. Some dogs have already perished and must be taken away. The remaining dogs go through a triage and sorted into groups according to their levels of health.

Even if golden retriever rescues were to bring 100% of the dog meat golden survivors over to the U.S., it would not end China's dog meat trade. What will end it is pressure placed on China's government by its own citizens and large animal rights groups, such as Humane Society International.

However, bringing the dogs over to the U.S. will support China's internal anti-dog-meat trade movement and alleviate the pressure in the various shelters, and most importantly, we will have given so many goldens a second chance to live.

Alone, we cannot stop this travesty, but we can help save Goldens, one dog at a time.

Recently we have taken two dogs - Winston and Piper. With you continued support, we can take more.

update on grain free dog food and heart disease

LIGRR is concerned about all of our dogs wellbeing and health; therefore we are sharing a recent letter from Golden Retriever Club of America

If you shop and use Amazon, don't forget to add LIGRR to your Amazon Smile account. When you use Amazon Smile (and you choose Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue) LIGRR gets donations back to help support our cause. Shop at https://smile.amazon.com - and choose Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue.

Help LIGRR go for the Gold

LIGRR is collecting unwanted gold (single earrings, broken items, pieces of chain, etc.). It's a BIG WIN! You de-clutter your jewelry box and donate it to LIGRR. The money made will help the dogs WIN BIG! Simply call LIGRR at 516-578-3803 so that a volunteer can arrange to get your donation.

Our Mission

Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. (LIGRR) is a non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life of Golden Retrievers who are neglected, abused, or abandoned. Services are also provided to owners who can no longer care for their Golden Retriever. It is our mission to provide veterinary care and loving adoptive homes for any Golden in need - no matter whether the dog is a young puppy or a senior citizen.

Contact Information

Note: Please call us when you send a fax so we can look for it.
Postal address:
Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 566
Plainview, New York 11803-0566
Electronic mail (email):

Fund Raising

As a volunteer organization, we are dependent on the generous donations of our supporters.

In order to help raise funds, we have a number of items which are made by our volunteers and sold. These items are shown on the Fund Raising page. Of course, if you wish to donate to our cause, you can by simply sending the donation to the address shown on the "Contact Us" tab.

Please be aware that our organization is a 501(c)(3) corporation, and, as such, your contributions are tax deductible.

Here are some easy ways to help LIGRR:

  • Make check payable to LIGRR and mail to:
    LIGRR Inc.
    P. O. Box 566
    Plainview, NY 11803-0566
  • Make a donation using PayPal:

  • When you are out walking with your dog set your cell phone on http://www.wooftrax.com and select Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue and they will donate money to LIGRR based on how long you walk.
  • When you search something on the web use http://www.goodsearch.com as your search engine.
  • When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue Inc. Bookmark the link
    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-3479675 and support us every time you shop.
  • You can help LIGRR by donating your unwanted car to this organization and chose Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue as your charity.
    There are two ways you can donate:
    1. Call the toll-free number 1-888-205-3420 to donate with our Customer Service Representatives.
    2. Use the link: https://www.donatecarusa.com/charity/long-island-golden-retriever-rescue/?template=affiliate

Rescue Facts:

All dogs leave our program:

  • fully vaccinated,
  • spayed / neutered,
  • heartworm & fecal tested

Any medically compromised golden is treated the best as we are able.

All dogs taken in incur boarding expenses of a minimum of $20/day.

Rescue Statistics

The following table shows dogs rescued by year. The latest year is a year-to-date total as of December 31.

YearRescuesTotal YearRescuesTotal
2018501,447 2017651,397
2016601,332 2015451,272
2014551,227 2013541,172
2012311,118 2011301,058
2010511,028 200965977
200880912 200753832
200696779 200575683
200482608 200384526
200273442 200191369
200058278 199968220
199895152 19975757