Frequently, strays are "humanely relocated" from other countries to the US. This, to meet the demand for dogs, as the pet population in our country plummets. That's correct, the supply of pets is not sufficient to meet the demand here in the US.
Let me repeat that again. In case you didn't hear the first time.
There aren't enough dogs to meet the demand!
Think I'm kidding? Read on.
Ever hear of "Compassion without Borders", "Save a Sato", "Save a Mexican Mutt", "Dogs Without Borders"? These are just a few of the many groups who make a living importing dogs from other countries. There is even evidence now surfacing that some of these dogs are intentionally bred for export to the US!
Visit the website of the Taipei Abandoned Animal Rescue Foundation. The director of this group lives in...surprise! CARLSBAD California. They place dogs all across the United States.....from from Snohomish County, Washington, to "Pets Alive", a no-kill shelter in Middletown, NY.
The New England States in particular have a severe shortage of dogs. They rely heavily on groups like "North Shore Animal League" and "Save a Sato" to supply them with pets. But, many other other areas import as well.
Shelters are exempt from many import laws and have no federal requirements to quarantine the dogs or ensure that they are free of parasites and diseases before they place them.
Six Massachusetts residents had to receive rabies treatments because a shelter imported a rabid puppy from Puerto Rico. The puppy was too young to
have his rabies vaccinations completed, but shelters need puppies to satisfy their customers.
Here's some recent headlines documenting this phenomenon.
"Filling Empty Dog Pounds"
(story has now mysteriously been removed from the AR-leaning Tufts enews. Thank you California Federation of Dog Clubs for archiving the text)
"Potcake puppies" imported from the Caribbean:
"Compassion Without Borders" mostly imports from Mexico to Northern California:
"Save a Mexican Mutt" imports pets to the USA and Canada:
"Save a Sato" brings dogs from Puerto Rico to the New England states and have done so for many years. In 2003 they hit a glitch when they brought in a dog with RABIES. Oops.
There is a ton of documentation on imports...here's a recent report estimating conservatively 300,000 imports every year.
A total of 1470 dogs have been rescued since 2004 by this particular group. They are sent to the USA to be "adopted" here.
The Helen Woodward Humane Society (San Diego) imports dogs regularly from Romania:
And here is the latest info on a relatively new group: "Pets for Paradise"
Fostering hope year 'round
Friday Dec 24, 2010
It's no secret that dogs are frequently re-shuffled here in the US. Just one of the many articles about that here:"Several years ago a shelter called "Pets for Paradise" in the U.S. Virgin Islands sent out messages to shelters and rescue groups in the U.S. that could help them place dogs. This plea resulted in sister shelters in Missouri, Georgia, Florida, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota."
"Shelter dogs make trip from Texas to New Hampshire, where they are in great demand"
Well, the evidence is in, and doesn't it make you wonder? Why do so many people in our country believe that we should be forced to "adopt" stray or rescued dogs...even if they are from other countries? And at the same time, they believe it's a great idea to pass laws that make breeding here a practical impossibility. Scratching my head here.
Why ask why? It's DogGone Nuts!
Yet another article about importing strays: