1st of all I am not one to ask for money from others, I am more the one that wishes to give to others in need.
It’s come to the point in my life that I don’t have much left to receive because of my life situation.
I am a British guy that moved to China back in 2015 to become an English teacher. I only planned too stay out here for 1 year but i ended up coming back in 2016 because i enjoyed being immersed in a different culture and having my own independence.
In October 2016 on my way to my friends in the city of Nanjing China, I came across a white dog hobbling across the road looking worn out and underweight and from what I could see nearly on her last legs. I stopped to offer her some food i had and she took it nervously but with ease. I then knew in my heart i couldn’t turn a blind eye, so I rescued her and took her to a nearby pet hospital I knew to give her a roof for a few days. It was at the end of the days I paid for that she would be back on the streets, so it was this choice I made to adopt her myself. I named her Shelby.
Fast forward to December 2020 when covid hit I lost my job at the current school I was working in because they could not afford to stay open. My work visa was due to expire end of December 2020 so was unexpected. Since I rescued shelby i kept coming back for another year in china. My back then serious 1st Gf relationship would take care shelby when i went home. You may wonder why i didn’t bring her home with me. Well Nanjing does not have a licensed pet hospital for pets to travel abroad internationally and Shanghai was the only one. I had to get a 9 hour bus ride one way back and forth for all the tests and I just didn’t have it in me to do it. I was going to eventually do it but the world shut down unexpectedly.
From January to march 2021 i managed to get 3 humanitarian visa to give time to find another job, but with covid about and schools not open and getting papers validated it was near impossible. I had the choice to put shelby in a shelter and leave China or overstay and protect her. Well as a father that rescued her from death, I chose to overstay my visa and be there for my dog.
I am a spiritual nature guy so making this sacrifice for my own freedom was hard but actually the risk is worth it for Shelby to stay safe. I trust in God i am doing the right thing and although some days i am challenged by fear and paranoia i just remain in faith.
I continued to stay in Nanjing until November 2021 without a visa, and as i lived in the same building since 2015 i guess you could say it is how i didn’t get caught. The covid checks were becoming more serious with flashing QR codes etc, i got around it but i was living like a ghost everyday watching my back.
I joined a dating site because i am lonely as the last time i went home to England was back in February 2019. I was fortunate enough to meet a woman online and to fast forward i told her about my situation and she excepted it. I then left Nanjing with myself and Shelby and the 3 of us hired a car and i drove 1500km across china to move to Shenzhen the south of china next to Hong Kong.
The relationship turned sour pretty quick and we would clash often living together as her place was small. She also had a small teddy dog she took from her friend, as her friend had a baby and could not take care of it anymore. I managed to move out and live in a room a floor above, but the fear got to her letting me stay because without a visa it could land her in trouble also.
I then was in a city that could give shelby the tests to leave, but because i did not have a visa i was not allowed to take her out the country. I then tried to put her in a shelter, ,but the shelter was overcrowded with all the people that abandoned their pets throughout covid, as 1 in 4 dogs that were left behind was from a foreigner that gave up their pet.
My then Gf broke up with me because of the stress and she was going to abandon the teddy dog because her new place cannot have a dog. I couldn’t let him suffer so i also rescued him and took him under my wing as well.
Because the 2 dogs would clash, I am renting 2 rooms in her name which she agreed so shelby can live upstairs with me and Cindy lives downstairs. I walk them separately each day and have to buy the foods and treats and walks each day.
I had some online teaching in the past and some one to one to survive here as i cannot get a normal job since i am wanted for my choices. That kept me afloat for some time along with using my credit cards to pay my way etc.
I live alone each day, I have not seen my family and friends back home for 5 years now. I have already overstayed 3 years and counting. I have run up a debt of 10,000 UK pounds from my credit cards to live off. They are maxed out now. I could afford the minimum payments but this is the 1st time i cannot now, so i am getting late payment fees etc. I also owe the Chinese government 10,000RMB ( equivalent to 1300 UK sterling) for overstaying and if i don’t pay it i will face jail time for up to one month, and potentially black listed from being able to travel to other countries in the future.
Yes its a big price to pay, but my dogs are my family and they are innocent and cannot defend themselves. What else can I do?.
2 weeks ago shelby was sleeping and woke up in agony in pain. Her hip leg bone dislocated from her body, as it was translated her femoral head dislodges from the acetabula fossa. She needed immediate surgery so i spent the equivalent of 5000rmb from my credit card to pay for the treatment. I could cover this myself but it wiped me out hence being here.
She’s been in the hospital these past 2 weeks and is still their now. I will have another bill to cover for the extra care but i will sell some belongings to cover this.
I live each day with the bare minimum and i am used to it, I am grateful for what I have. I will find a way to continue, I always do. I know there are many people in need on here and I wish all can be helped.
THANKYOU to anyone that has took the time to read my story. If you donate or not, I will find a way to continue to protect my dogs for as long as it takes.
If anyone needs proof to back all I say I am more than happy to provide it.