Tears in her Eyes
Somali and about 30 staff at Pejaten Animal Shelter are struggling to care for a huge number of animals as donations plunge in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The money is crucial to help cover upwards of $29,000 in monthly expenses, including employee salaries and the daily cost of half a ton of meat for the animals.
Myriad breeds, including huskies, pit bulls, and German shepherds, roam the 5,000 square meters (54,000 square foot) shelter, which Somali started in 2009.
She started confronting butchers after seeing a video of a pregnant dog about to be slaughtered.
“Someone posted images of this crying dog on social media and I saw the tears in her eyes,” she said.
“That’s when I became aware of the butchers.”
Somali and her team rescued dozens of puppies bound for a local Korean eatery this month, but they don’t always make it in time.