Is it true that animal shelters bring in dogs and cats from other COUNTRIES so their numbers look good?

Question by Deliver Our Dogs from Wackos: Is it true that animal shelters bring in dogs and cats from other COUNTRIES so their numbers look good?

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Answer by Dillo
i doubt it.

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29 thoughts on “Is it true that animal shelters bring in dogs and cats from other COUNTRIES so their numbers look good?”

  1. That doesn’t sound like it would make any sense. This country is over-populated with cats and dogs. I don’t think they need to look elsewhere.

  2. yes they bring cats and dogs from other countries but i dnt think its bcuz theyre numbers.
    they rescue dogs and cats all over from kill shelters to find them loving homes, usually the pets they get are on death row.

  3. No, animal shelters can barely feed and support the animals they have coming in on a daily basis from this country..why bring them in from other ones!

  4. No. It seems as though that would make their number look worse. The shelters in my area have a hard enough time keeping up with the homeless animals here, let alone those in other cities, states, and countries.

  5. What? I’m not sure I understand, but from what I’m guessing is no, but they have been know to (within the county, not state) to “swoop” this is to try to find someone out there to adopt.

  6. Not that I have known. Ours DID bring animals from Katrina areas. That was not a great idea either. Whenever bringing animals from one area of the Country or another Country, you introduce different illnesses that can be a real problem.

  7. no, not really.

    There are some pet rescues that will work with rescues based in other countries, but those are few and far between. Those rescues are questionable, imo, because there is still an overabundance of dogs in the US.

    Your regular county shelter will not have imported dogs; just local strays.

  8. uh that would be a negative.. they are (for the most part) overcrowded by local animals. why would they spend tons of money to ship animals when they crowd the streets here? most shelters are non profit, so the numbers really dont matter

  9. I can’t believe that is a serious question. The answer is NO. hey have their hands full with the rude people who lets their pets mulitple and dump the litters.

    People who work at shelters are heroes, and you question reeks of hate. There are way too many strays in the USA.

  10. I wouldn’t have thought so,just think of the decease that they might be carrying.besides, we have enough abandoned animals of our own to look after.

  11. Yes… it’s terrible!!!

    I’ve personally caught them with Irish Setters, German Shepards, English Bulldogs, Persian cats, Russian Blue cats, etc…

  12. I’m sure it’s not so their numbers look good, it’s more likely that others are bursting at the seems so moving them to other shelters gives more dogs a better chance of re-homing. They all have the animals interests at heart not hitting targets. Nobody wants to see dogs or cats in shelters.

  13. Why would animal shelters take the time and expense to import dogs and cats to make their numbers look good? Animal shelters are run on a pretty tight budget. Answer to your question NO

  14. Why would they do that? It costs an insanely large amount to bring an animal into this country, not to mention the cost of finding them in the other country in the first place. All that red tape is just to much trouble to go through when you can pick up local strays with little to no cost and very little paperwork.

    Just what numbers are you talking about? Its not like shelters get more money for having more animals

    Now yes there are some charities that bring animals from other countries to America and they may partner with an American shelter, by arranging for the animal to spend its quarantine at the shelter. But thats the closest I’ve ever heard of shelters importing.

  15. Heck our shelter has trouble placing what comes in each week from local people. No way do we take them from anywhere else. Trust me it does not look good when you have to euthanize dogs and cats, puppies and kittens because you have run out of space.

  16. What numbers? Look good for who?

    I’m not sure I understand what you are asking. Where I volunteer we have so many animals we can’t keep up. We certainly don’t need to import them.


    Ok, Maybe in some parts of the country it’s happening. But not in all.

  17. I have not heard of bringing them in from other countries, but many shelters will go to shelters in other areas of their state and take dogs. Cats, I doubt, as they are much harder to adopt out.
    I have volunteered in 4 different shelters and there is a high demand for puppies and small dogs and purebred dogs. So, when these shelters could find these in other shelters, they would go and get them. We also got dogs from a program Petsmart had/has that goes to high kill shelters and takes adoptable dogs and brings them to shelters with room.

  18. Yes, some do, but NOT all.

    Some shelters don’t stay as full as others, but rather than networking with other U.S. shelters, they import animals from outside the country.

    They do this to keep up appearance of nationwide overpopulation to further the efforts of those that wish to see this nation become a “no pet nation” and using it to force mandatory spay/castrate laws down our throats.

    The truth is that shelter populations have been on a steady decrease since the ’70’s….a fact that they (PeTa, H$ U$ , and other ARs) don’t want the public knowing or believing…

    So, the importation of animals from other countries serves it’s purpose….to keep brainwashing the public….

    This is one article:

    Imports of Overseas Pooches
    Raises Health Concerns
    By Crystal D. Vogt, 2005
    The Boston University Statehouse Service

    A shortage of adoptable puppies in Massachusetts has created a demand for homeless pooches from outside the state, including places as far away as Puerto Rico and even Angola.

    But what seems like a happy humanitarian consequence of a successful spaying and neutering campaign is creating health concerns. In one case, an imported Puerto Rican puppy exposed six Bay Staters to rabies. There are also fears of dog-to-dog transmission of canine viruses.

    Now the Legislature is considering a bill that would ban the importation of foreign dogs into the state for sale or adoption.

    “There are major healthcare issues involved,” said Rep. Kay Khan (D-Newton), who filed the bill at the start of the legislative session. “There’s a possibility that if these dogs are coming in and are not healthy, they will have diseases that can be transferred to people.”

    Khan said that many dogs are being imported from overseas into non-profit, independent shelters without sufficient proof of their health or if they have had the necessary vaccinations.

    “There isn’t a lot of oversight around the health of the animals when they come into the United States,” said Khan, whose bill is supported by the Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs and Responsible Dog Owners. “There has to be more development of regulations around this issue.”

    The concerns over foreign fidos is the result of a little-known success story: the campaign to cut down on the canine birthrate in the state.

    And another:

    Filling Empty Dog Pounds

    As U.S. shelters help solve local stray problems, a Tufts expert says many are importing dogs from other countries to meet demand for animal adoptions.

    Mass. At local animal shelters around the country, the dogs up for adoption may be a lot further from home than many people would imagine. With stray animals on the decline in many communities, but interest in adoption still high, a Tufts expert says many shelters are importing stray animals from around the world to meet the demand.

    “Animal shelters in the USA are casting a wide net – from Puerto Rico to as far as Taiwan – to fill kennels,” reported USA Today. “Critics say many shelters have solved the stray problem in their own area – but rather than shut down, they become de facto pet stores. Some charge more than $ 200 per adoption for imported dogs.”

    According to Tufts’ Gary Patronek – the director of Tufts’ Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tuft’s School of Veterinary Medicine – U.S. shelters may be a victim of their own successes.

    “The drive to have dogs spayed and neutered in the USA has cut down on unwanted litters. And adoption campaigns have helped empty dog pounds,” reported USA Today. “But [the Tufts expert says] people who want to adopt dogs increasingly find aged dogs or undesirable breeds like pit bulls at shelters.”

    Imported animals are filling the demand.

    “In the last seven years, one organization in Puerto Rico has shipped more than 14,000 strays to the states for adoption,” reported the newspaper. “Shipments from other countries also appear to be increasing. Most imports are small to medium-size dogs popular among adopters.”

    In order to enter the U.S., the imported animals do not need to be quarantined – having certificates of good health and proof of rabies shots are sufficient.

    “But Patronek said bringing dogs in from abroad runs a serious risk of importing a disease,” reported the Scottish newspaper The Scotsman.

    According to the Tufts expert, “What makes it so scary is that you just don’t know what might emerge if you aren’t at least looking for it.”

    And despite their similarities, shelters and pet stores have important distinctions from one another.

    “Patronek says not-for-profit shelters may be chartered to insure animal welfare, but they are relatively unregulated,” reported USA Today. “Pet shops, on the other hand, generally operate under more stringent state and local regulations.”

    But some pet owners don’t mind that the stray animals they’ve adopted are from other countries, not their local communities.

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