NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Dozens of dogs rescued from China’s dog meat trade arrived at JFK Airport, where they were welcomed by their adoptive families this weekend.
About 35 dogs that had been destined for slaughterhouses flew into JFK Airport on Friday, according to WNBC.
Crates containing the dogs were offloaded from the first of two “freedom flights” from Beijing. The second flight was scheduled to arrive Saturday.
About 80 dogs in total that were rescued by the nonprofit No Dogs Left Behind were to land in the city this weekend.
Adoptive families came from as far away as Ohio, Florida and Illinois, some waiting nearly a year for the dogs to arrive.
It can cost upwards of $2,000 to adopt a dog from China.
One of the first dogs handed over to a new family was a poodle named Scooby, given to an 8-year-old girl in an emotional scene outside a JFK hangar Friday night.