By the time he was a year old, Clover was starving and sick. There was no light in his eyes, and it was only a matter of time before he would be killed at a slaughterhouse in Changchun, China, one of the country’s largest hubs for dog meat. He was stuffed into a tiny metal crate and transported there.
But in July 2016, that all changed. A group of Buddhist monks, who often negotiate with dog meat traders at markets to surrender the dogs to them, had been given ownership of Clover and some other dogs. Soon after, a Chinese activist affiliated with UK’s Rushton Dog Rescue arranged veterinary care so Clover could be treated for his long list of ailments. The group had just begun their "Darkness to Light" initiative to rescue dogs within the Asian meat trade — and Clover was their first mission.