A dog named Shiloh celebrated his 5th birthday by swimming two lengths of a hydrotherapy pool - the equivalent of a person swimming two lengths of an Olympic pool - to raise funds to help dogs saved from the dog meat trade in Yulin.
His proud owner Emma Martin explains why.
“Yulin has always been something that hurts my heart and I feel very strongly about creating awareness of this barbaric event. When I saw how well Shiloh took to swimming after starting hydrotherapy for a slipping patella and knowing how much he enjoys it, I thought it would be nice to try and tie it into doing something to try and help the Yulin dogs.
“At the time I made the decision it was a few weeks before his 5th birthday and just thought it would be nice to combine the two things as both are special."
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Emma continues, “The hydro team at Bluewaters Pet Centre in Droitwich measured Shiloh (who weighs just 1.6kg) and measured the pool and worked out that him swimming two lengths was equivalent of a person swimming two lengths of an Olympic pool!”
So far, Shiloh’s swim has raised over £1,000 for the Humane Society International, whose efforts to close farms and rescue dogs from the barbaric dog meat trade continue.
If you would like to make a donation to help celebrate Shiloh’s triumphant swim, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emma-martin58