Bonnie, who used to feel scared, now runs around in a grassy backyard, playing with a toy and wagging her tail after just one month of being loved.
Unconditional love and care go way longer than tough love or words of critique. This is true not just for humans but also for plants and animals. Another commonality between humans and animals is that if subjected to cruelty, it might leave them with a lot of trauma. But as we know, love makes a difference.
Bonnie, a two-year-old golden retriever's, rescue story barks louder than our words. The 46-lb dog was a part of the dog meat trade and was rescued from a slaughterhouse by The Big 3 Rescue. On July 8, the charity shared a cute video showing how Bonnie's anxiety levels and personality had changed from gloomy to playful after just one month in a loving foster home.
The video posted on Facebook was captioned: "It’s amazing what one month of love can do, thank you so much to our foster for taking such amazing care of our Bonnie girl. She has come so far because of you! Fostering saves lives!" The video begins with Bonnie appearing visibly tensed and anxious inside her crate, refusing to come out, with a dull look on her face. The text overlay in the first half reads, "1 month ago Bonnie arrived in the UK too afraid to get out of her flight crate." This is then followed by a happier scene. Bonnie is seen running and hopping around in a grassy backyard, playing with a toy and wagging her tail. The text overlay in the second half of the clip reads, "One month of love from her amazing foster."
Bonnie and six other puppies were rescued in June from a slaughterhouse that was killing dogs for human consumption, according to The Big 3 Rescue. "More than 30 million dogs are slaughtered for food annually" worldwide and the organization is committed to "saving as many pups as we can," The Big 3 Rescue shared with PEOPLE. "It's hard to believe that she is so forgiving and sweet after we found her along with hundreds of other dogs at a Chinese slaughterhouse," Bonnie's profile reads.
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Bonnie, a dog who is "great with dogs and people," was placed for adoption on The Big 3 Rescue's website after adjusting to life outside the dog meat trade and eventually, she did find a comfortable and safe home. "This sweet girl may have had an awful start to life, but we cannot wait to give her the brightest future," the shelter wrote in Bonnie's bio as she was getting adopted.
The Big 3 Rescue is a women-founded charity that began in Florida and has since expanded to the United Kingdom. Their website states that their "mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs into loving and forever homes as a registered charity. We believe every animal deserves to be loved for their entire lives, and we vow to change the lives for the better of every angel we are able to help." Their aim is to "educate people on the Asian meat trade," "to save as many dogs as we are able to take on" and "to give every dog a loving, patient and safe home."
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