The following article is all about the warm and fuzzy feelings of folks doing good rescuing dogs from certain death. Everyone loves a feel good story but there are always consequences that are “unforeseen”. In this case, this group is, by their own admission, a broker vs a rescue.
“We are so full of puppy mills here that there’s a lot of these purebred dogs that people can’t get, so I want to bring them over from Korea and then people can adopt with a clear conscience, like, ‘Hey I adopted — not bought — a dog,’” Kathy Dunn-Melito said.
The above quote has many things I’d like to nitpick about. One, an “adopter” pays the rescue for the dog. It can be called an administration fee, adoption fee or whatever catch phrase they’d like, anytime money is exchanged for something, that is called a purchase. To purchase something means you have bought it. Whether it be from a rescue or a reputable and responsible breeder, the outcome is the same; you have bought that dog.
The second thing I’d like to point out is the “there’s a lot of these purebred dogs that people can’t get, so I want to bring them over”. That statement isn’t that she is simply bringing them over to help them, she feels that there is a hole in the supply for such dogs and is fulfilling the demand. That my friends is brokering.
I’m sure at this point, most are thinking that I’m against rescues, and there is nothing further from the truth. I am very much for rescues, not brokers posing as rescues. Rescues don’t do it to fill a hole, they do it because the animals are in dire straits and need to get out of their current situation.
My next issue is why are we spending thousands to bring them over. Why not spend that money, and save some at the same time, at setting up, or organizing a rescue operation there? Find homes for these animals where they come from. Wouldn’t that make more sense? We constantly hear how full our shelters/rescues are and how resources (foster homes and finances) are stretched thin to their breaking point. So someone, please tell me why we are burning up such finances to bring them here?
Canada is being inundated with imports over the last few years. Yet we are also experiencing regular culling of our own dogs (in the north) and over population in shelters and rescues. There is constant call for foster homes and cross sharing to get the word out that help is needed. Why are we feeding into that?
To me it simply doesn’t make sense to spend the thousands to ship them over. It makes sense though to help those involved in Korea to set up a rescue over there and help them find Korean homes for those pups.
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