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2022-05-27 10:09:01

Shanghai’s first temporary shelter for pets closed this Thursday. Located in Laoximen sub-district, the temporary shelter had accepted 55 animals since opening on May 8.

The shelter is for the pets of people who tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts living nearby. More than 40 pet dogs and a dozen feline friends had been taken care of by volunteers and professional staff from a pet clinic inside the shelter that measured around 100 square meters.

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases declines in Laoximen, and with most of the pet owners finishing their quarantine, the pet shelter has completed its mission.

A husky pops its head out of the shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A husky pops its head out of the shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Workers outside the shelter prepare to send these dogs home, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Workers outside the shelter prepare to send these dogs home, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Zhai Jiang, the person in charge of this shelter, holds a dog. He sleeps in a tent outside the shelter. May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Zhai Jiang, the person in charge of this shelter, holds a dog. He sleeps in a tent outside the shelter. May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A member of staff cleans the food trays at the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A member of staff cleans the food trays at the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Four dogs inside the shelter in Shanghai, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

Four dogs inside the shelter in Shanghai, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A general view of the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A general view of the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A stray dog adopted by a volunteer takes a moment to relax inside a tent outside the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A stray dog adopted by a volunteer takes a moment to relax inside a tent outside the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A dog does its business outside the shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe for Sixth Tone

A dog does its business outside the shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe for Sixth Tone

A volunteer rides dogs home from the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A volunteer rides dogs home from the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG

A dog sits outside the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Zhang Hengwei/CNS/VCG

A dog sits outside the pet shelter, May 26, 2022. Zhang Hengwei/CNS/VCG

A cat is held by a volunteer outside the shelter, while some members of staff pose for a photo celebrating the closure of the shelter, May 26, 2022. Zhang Hengwei/CNS/VCG

A cat is held by a volunteer outside the shelter, while some members of staff pose for a photo celebrating the closure of the shelter, May 26, 2022. Zhang Hengwei/CNS/VCG

Editors: Matthew Hall and Ding Yining.

(Header image: A volunteer (left) kisses a cat named Pepper before its owner (right) takes it home, Shanghai, May 26, 2022. Liu Xingzhe/VCG)