Since news of the massive dog rescue broke, the sanctuary has raised more than $11,000 from animal lovers across China for their care.
Although China has a long tradition of consuming dog meat, its popularity has waned in recent years among the burgeoning middle class who are increasingly keeping them as pets instead - and the government seems more than accepting of the idea.
In an editorial published last year, state sponsored news site Xinhua endorsed a fresh take on how dogs are viewed in the country:
"It might be difficult to draw a universally accepted line as to what animals should be eaten. But when there is already a vast variety of meat, maybe it is time to stop serving dog."
Dog meat may be losing favor elsewhere as well. Earlier this month, Humane Society International (HSI) rescued dozens of dogs from a meat farmer in South Korea who wished to get out of the business, and is campaigning to reduce dog meat consumption throughout Asia.
To support HSI's efforts, visit the group's website here.