Turning Point: An Article Written about Renee
Updated: Jul 11, 2021
Written by Mya Miller
You can hear the emotion and passion in Renee Windsor White’s voice as she talks about her rescue dog. “He didn’t know how to play, he didn't know how to be around people… he’s sweet and he’s cute. He deserves to have a good life.” Zack is no ordinary rescue. Without White, Zack would have wound up tortured and served on a plate in South Korea. Saving dogs from the dog meat market in Asia was never something White imagined for her life. However, she recently Co-Founded her organization, Asian Dogs Rescue Allies (ADRA) and now, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Born and raised on a farm in Illinois, White was surrounded by plenty of animals and took a particular liking to dogs and cats. After retiring from her forty years of Ordained Ministry, White worked as a Veterinary Chaplin alongside only about 50 others in the entire country. It was then White met Lori Feinman, Co-Founder of ADRA. Feinman had been interested in saving dogs from Asia for quite a while and tried to get White interested, too.
Though White wanted to help all she could, she didn’t feel a connection to the issue, until one day, she stumbled upon a youtube video. Eager to learn about Feinman’s passion, White clicked on it. The video showed two men boiling a dog alive. Every time the dog tried to jump out of a giant pot, the men would push it back in. Renee said, “I couldn’t even watch the end of it. When I realized what I was seeing, I had to turn it off.
After seeing that video, it literally just woke me up, I became aware of what Lori had been trying to tell me for months. You can say the word “torture,” but until you see what actually happens, seeing them push that dog back down into boiling water, it shocked me. It was like getting kicked in the chest.”
White immediately took action. She responded to a Facebook ad asking if anyone could pick up two dogs from South Korea flying into SFO. Zack was one of the dog’s White picked up. The two have been inseparable for over a year now. “Boy was she impacted,” Feinman said. “She called me on the drive home from San Francisco, letting me know she had two dogs in her car!” When White returned home, the two sat down, devised a plan of action and ADRA was born.
Their next step is to bring back a mother and her six puppies from China to Eugene, and they have recently partnered with Wiggly Tails- a local dog rescue organization.