A newly adopted dog’s reaction to arriving at an airport after a long trip has left the internet in the air.
Shared on Thursday, the video showed a rescue pug that had just landed in Vancouver, Canada, after 24 hours in a crate.
In the video, the confused pup is carried with a hilarious facial expression while the text overlay reads, “POV: You’re a rescue pug who just landed in Canada after 24 hours in a crate and you don’t ‘ve no idea what’s going on.”
The pug, named Molly, was rescued by The Pug Queen. Led by Izabella St. James of Los Angeles, California, the nonprofit foundation saves pugs and pug dogs around the world.
Saint James said Newsweek: “Molly was rescued from China in January. We rescued 32 pugs, French bulldogs, an English bulldog and a Pekingese from a dog meat shop and puppy mill in China.
“Dogs that are no longer used in China’s puppy breeding operations are being sold into the illegal but existing dog meat trade. We are stepping in and saving their lives.”
There is no ban on dog meat consumption in China, but in a public statement in 2020, the country’s agriculture ministry said dogs and cats are not included in the list of livestock as they are considered pets.
Despite the existence of law-breaking dog and cat slaughterhouses, the trade is still rampant in the country. On June 21, the annual Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in Yulin began.
Peter Li, China policy expert at Humane Society International, told Newsweek this week: “Unlike South Korea, there are no dedicated meat dog farms in China,” Li said. “The majority of dogs taken from the trade are family or ‘owned’ pets and strays snatched from the streets.”
St. James and her team work tirelessly to rescue dogs caught in the illegal trade, and Molly is just one of them.
“Due to the CDC ban, which prohibited dogs from traveling to the United States from 131 countries, I was forced to transport 80 of our rescued dogs from China to Vancouver, Canada,” a- she explained. “I am a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, and the Canadian community has been wonderful in providing forever and forever homes for these babies.”
Molly the pug has stolen thousands of hearts online after video of her shortly after her trip left internet users angry.
“Umm your pug is broken,” one commenter joked. While another user said, “The dog was too dumbfounded to speak.”
“I’m the one who gets carried away with the all-inclusive buffet on vacation,” said another.
“What a cute pup,” said one TikTok user. While another added: ‘That made me lol.’
Saving hundreds of dogs every year, The Pug Queen team never says no to a dog in need. “It’s tough in this economy with down adoptions and down donations,” St. James said.
Molly the pug is doing well now, adjusting to life out of a cage with her foster family in Vancouver. “She doesn’t have a home planned yet,” St. James said, “But we hope she does soon. She deserves to be loved and cared for, she’s been waiting a long time for this happy ending.”
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