We have weighed and measured Kang Kang ready for her travel crate on the airplane. When she flies from Beijing she will need an International Air Transport Association (IATA) crate to travel in so that she is comfortable on the long journey to Las Vegas. She doesn't understand why we are doing these things but she goes along with everything with her beautiful Golden smile on her face.
Kang Kang has also had her rabies vaccination to enable her to enter America.
It will soon be time to say goodbye to Kang Kang.
Goldens Without Borders have contacted the owner and founder of Prosthetics for Animals Limbs and Support (P.A.L.S.) to discuss Kang Kang’s situation. He will work with them to decide if the best alternative for Kang Kang is some type of prosthetic or cart with wheels. He also works with a speciality vet who may be interested in helping Kang Kang out once she arrives in the USA. His speciality is very difficult surgery like Kang Kang may need. He is one of the best specialist in the USA. We are so excited for Kang Kang. This treatment is not readily available in China.
Kang Kang has made a best friend at the shelter, another disabled Golden Retriever called Mao Niu and they are inseparable. Both girls make the most of their every living moment. Goldens Without Borders Rescue may take Mao Niu too which would be amazing. Kang Kang and Mao Niu have lots of fun.
Photo: Kang Kang with Mao Niu (darker Golden Retriever).
Kang Kang is the perfect dog. She gets on well with other dogs and children who visit the shelter along with Du's grandson Dou Ding. She is very eager to learn and could be taught lots of things to keep her mind occupied.
We know that a shelter isn't the best environment for any animal to grow up in but Kang Kang brings sunshine to everyone on even the darkest of day. Her love for life is infectious.
Her disability is in her back legs. She cannot stand on them but it doesn't stop her getting around and even running!
Kang Kang is a beautiful Golden Retriever. She was dumped as a puppy at a vet clinic when her owner found out that she had Canine Distemper. One of our volunteers was at the vet clinic when this happened and tried to persuade the puppy's owner to keep her but to no avail.
Our volunteer called our founder Du Yufeng when the owner threatened that she would dump the puppy on the streets because she couldn't afford to keep her. Du told our volunteer to take the puppy off the owner and bring her to the shelter. Du named her Kang Kang 康康 (meaning healthy). Du quickly realised that Kang Kang's hind legs were paralysed, probably as a result of the Distemper. With regular treatment, Kang Kang was soon rid of the cruel disease.
Life for Kang Kang could quite easily have taken a sinister turn if our volunteer hadn't been at the vet clinic that day. Apart from having to fend for herself against other dogs on the streets, Kang Kang would have had a disadvantage with being disabled and could have been the target of traffickers looking to steal vulnerable dogs for the meat trade.
Now, a wonderful organisation, Goldens Without Borders Rescue, in America are giving Kang Kang a second chance and a forever home.
Photo: Kang Kang after being rescued.
Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre Of Guangyuan