Brokers Posing as Rescues

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.

You can read the original article here:

Rescue dogs escaping Asian meat trade travel 10,000 km to Canada

 

 

 

 

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A little about me, this page and why it even exists.

My name is Sandy and I’ve basically been obsessed, passionately, about all animals in general, but especially dogs since I can remember.  Our first family dog was a well trained yellow lab named Laddie.  He was a great dog and only had one little issue.  He LOVED the ladies.  I can remember Laddie’s nose hitting the air one summer day.  He looked at my dad, my dad looked at him and they both took off for the back fence.  Laddie made it there just moments before my father.  The look on his face was pure glee as he soared over that 6′ fence with ease.  The scent of a bitch in heat was the only time he ever tried (and succeeded) at leaving the yard.

From that pooch on, I was hooked.  I read everything I could, from breed standards, to conformation, training methods to husbandry.  You name it, I read it.  With that passion also came the realization that regardless of new grammar, it is not a dog’s world out there.  Every little thing can be used against all dogs and their owners.  Despite how many dogs and owners there are, we, for some reason seem to be in the minority when it comes to decisions surrounding them and us.  It seems non-dog owners are getting a much bigger say, yet they are a much smaller population…..grrr…..don’t get me started.  See, I’m digressing already.

To make a long story short, our dogs need advocates.  Folks who not only love dogs, but are passionate and knowledgeable.  We are out there, but it seems our voices are not yet heard as one collective bellow.  I’d like to see about changing that.

 

Some of the topics that will be covered regularly is obviously BSL, but we’ll also be touching upon some of the animal rights extremists and hoax companies such as PeTA and HSUS.  We really cannot speak loud enough about the harm and lies those two groups alone spread, but that’s for future posts.

One of the other things that will be discussed, and quite heavily, will be on demand rescues, importation of rescues from overseas and across the border.  We will also be discussing this trend of a change in terminology to make buying and selling an animal, less like buying and selling an animal, and the pitfalls of that thinking.

Hopefully, we will shed some light on the fallacies the media has spread, along with the propaganda of PeTA and HSUS.  Open some eyes on the issue of importing other countries problems when we are getting crushed by the demand of the homeless pets we already have.

We look forward to burning up the place with information and I’m sure some heated discussion along the way.

 

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