Do you squee in awe of anything on four (or less) legs as you walk down the street? Maybe you've been considering finding yourself a forever flatmate for a while. Or maybe you wish you could have a forever flatmate, but know that you're leaving Beijing and don't have the resources to bring a furry friend home with you.
Whatever your reasons for loving the little critters we let into our hearts, there are literally thousands of animals around Beijing in need of love, attention, homes and help. With a wealth of resources – from shelters to adoption days to services advertising rescued animals – available in Beijing, it's easier than ever to help the fluff balls out.
Of course, while there's no denying that bringing an animal into your home can be a lot of work and comes with a lot of questions (especially if you're not staying in Beijing for life), if you have the space, time and are willing to commit longterm, you can expect unconditional love in return. And if you're not sure about the space or time, you can always help out through fostering, donating or raising awareness.
Here are just a few places in Beijing that are making it their mission to help out animals in our big city.