Animal rescue group No Dogs Left Behind (NDLB) reported that they have successfully flew 27 dogs, whom they saved from China’s dog meat trade to New York on March 8.

The animal lovers applied to adopt the pooches months ago, but they had to wait a long time due to travel delays caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“In 2016, I hung up my suit and tie and went to China and never looked back,” Beri, NDLB’s founder and president, told PEOPLE in an interview.

“At No Dogs Left Behind, our mission is to end the reckless slaughtering of animals by ending the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, illegal dog trafficking, and the dog meat trade,” he added. “Our mission goes beyond this, though, and extends beyond borders by advocating for the creating and enforcement of global animal welfare laws and raising awareness for a cruelty-free, sustainable world in which no animal is violated, exploited, tortured, or slaughtered for commercial goods or profit.”

NDLB has rescued and adopted out 256 dog meat trade survivors just this year, and they continue their mission even with the pandemic.

“Funding is really key to evacuate the survivors that are there so we could save more lives,” Beri said in a statement.

Visit their website to learn more about the organization.

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