Zhao Hua, of Handan City in Hebei province, has saved the lives of more than 6,000 stray dogs and cats over the past 16 years at a rescue and adoption center that she founded.
The 54-year-old woman closed down her restaurant to concentrate on taking care of the animals at the adoption center in Handan, where more than 400 strays are currently living, according to Shanghaiist.
The animals that are in healthy condition are put up for adoption with a new owner free of charge. But the sick or disabled ones are taken good care of by Hua for as long as she can.
“Healthy cats and dogs can be adopted for free, and we will take care of those sick and disabled ones till the end of their lives,” Hua was quoted as saying by Shanghai Daily.
Several generous locals have helped by donating some food for the large number of dogs and cats.
Saving animals can be a difficult and expensive task.
Former millionaire Wang Yan, from Gelong town in Jilin province, went into debt after saving hundreds of dogs from the local slaughterhouse.
A 53-year-old woman named Wen Li used her entire life savings to open up her own animal shelter in Pingliang city in Gansu province, where more than 220 stray dogs have lived since 2011.