The Guardian made this fascinating documentary where they meet one of the “catmen” of Wuhan, the local volunteers who’re trying to save people’s left-behind pets.

The Chinese city had an all-encompassing quarantine put on it by the government after coronavirus was discovered there last month. No one could come in, no one could go out, no exceptions. The harsh policy has resulted in the situation where thousands of pets, mostly cats, have been left to fend for themselves. As their owners can’t get into the city it’s left to catmen like Ye Jialin to pick up the pieces.

The Guardian Meets The Catman Of Wuhan, Who's Saving Left-Behind Pets image of Wuhan

He bravely takes requests to go into people’s houses and checks on their pets. If the animals are still alive, he feeds them and makes sure that they’re OK. In a city with over 30,000 cases or coronavirus, he’s putting his life in his hands by travelling across the city and going inside people’s houses. The importance of his work can’t be understated. Many reports from residents inside the city reveal that many people are struggling to cope with the emotional toll that the quarantine is having on them. Knowing that their pets are safe is a big help.

The Guardian|Catman Of Wuhan|Documentary

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