Millionaire Turns Penniless After His Generosity Bankrupts Him

Wang Yan didn't lose his riches to self-indulgence, but to saving some of the world's most vulnerable creatures.

The loss of a loved one can turn around a person’s life, an experience a Chinese former millionaire knows all too well. 

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Wang Yan, a successful businessman, spent nearly all of his earnings to build an animal rescue center in Changchun city, China. The 29-year-old, who ran a steel empire, lost his pup, possibly to a slaughterhouse, in 2012. Speaking to reporters he said: “I went looking everywhere, but all to no avail. Finally someone let me go into the slaughterhouse to try my luck there.”

The young man stayed there for a week but was unable to find his pup. The event had a deep impact on him and he decided help other stray dogs who face the same danger.

The animal rescue center built by Wang in 2012 is occupied by hundreds of stray dogs that are given up for adoption to loving families.

He also undertakes expenses for dog food, medical care and generally looking after these animals until they are adopted.

Devoted to his cause, he finds no time to earn a living. Hence, he has spent almost all the money he had on his rescue service.

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But even though he is moving toward debt, Wang does not accept any money from families who adopt the dogs. He does, however, take money offered for the animals' food and healthcare.

China is well known for the cat and dog meat festivals that take place every year, where thousands of innocent animals are butchered in slaughterhouses. So it’s endearing to see someone extending their effort toward turning things around for China's animals. 

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