How an animal rescuer saved 10,000 starving pets during Wuhan’s Covid-19 lockdown

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A year ago, on January 23, 2020, when Wuhan imposed the world’s first lockdown to stem a coronavirus outbreak, Du Fan received lots of messages from pet owners who were unable to return to the city asking him to help feed their pets. As the president of the Wuhan Small Animals Protection Association, Du put aside his personal safety and decided to rescue starving animals across the city. He and his group spent two weeks saving more than 10,000 pets from 5,000 households, before the project was cut short after an even stricter lockdown was enforced.


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