A fundraiser has been set up to save a dog from the Chinese meat trade.
Chachai O’Hare, from Douglas, will be competing in June 19’s Parish Walk in aid of bringing two-year-old Yellow to the island from China.
He is hoping to raise £6,000 in total from donors through his JustGiving page.
The dog is part of the initiative Underdog International set up called Fly Home Forty, where the charity rehomes 40 dogs after being recovered from the dog meat trade in China.
The 20-year-old agreed to compete in the Parish Walk to Peel after his sister, Sarah Cryer, told him about her intentions to adopt the dog.
He was happy to compete.
Chachai said: ’It’s always been something I wanted to do and I wanted to set myself a challenge.’
Sarah, 30, set up the page in the hopes of adopting Yellow after she found her through a Facebook page.
The Douglas local said: ’I didn’t have any intention to adopt but as I looked at her little face, I just had to.’
The process of adoption was complicated because of the pandemic with the cost of putting Yellow in cargo on a plane being £4,500.
Sarah added: ’We had to fill out an adoption form, choose which dog we were interested in and then they match you with the dog that’s most suitable for you.
’I thought I’d have her by the end of April but with travel costs, it’s become really difficult.’
When she set up the page she wasn’t expecting many donations.
She said: ’I can’t believe we got this much, any money we raise is a huge help.’