Friday, February 15, 2013
Another take on the 100 dogs coming from California - it's all good news!
100 rescue animals that started arriving yesterday from California through a campaign with Animal Rescue Corps and several local rescue groups.
People are wondering why they would import animals when there are so many local animals that are in need and shelters seem to be overflowing - these animals coming from away are taking away from much needed resources needed to save local animals.
On the surface these are all really valid points, but when you look at the story from some other angles you might start seeing some other viewpoints.
Bringing in animals from away is not something new to Nova Scotia - several rescues do it regularly, and a couple local rescues exist for no other reason. Cool Dog Rescue exists to bring dogs in from shelters in Quebec, Paws Across the Border exists to bring dogs up from the States, Ador-a-Bull rescue exists to bring pit bulls down from Ontario, East Coast German Shepherd Rescue regularly brings dogs up from the States, Litters n Critters brings dogs in from Labrador on a regular basis - and individuals regularly bring dogs home when they go on vacation to warm climates - a local woman is right now bringing 2 heart worm positive dogs home from the Bahamas that she found there.
So bringing dogs here from away is not something new and novel - this current shipment is simply getting the most press.
And I think that's a good thing - whenever rescue work of any type gets media attention - that's a good thing.
Everyone of the rescues that's involved with this operation has other local dogs also waiting to be adopted - so hopefully this added exposure will help to get them adopted more quickly.
As well - the local rescues involved with this venture - Atlantic Small Dog Rescue, East Coast German Shepherd Rescue, and the Maritime Pit Project - are some of the hardest working rescues in Nova Scotia today - they take in the most dogs, the most challenging behavioural issues - they will not be accused of doing any rescue work for the glory of the job.
I personally support the bringing in of the rescue dogs from California because there is a shortage of small dogs to adopt currently in Nova Scotia - and people today are looking in the wrong places when they go looking for a small dog - they are first going to look for them on Kijiji - and what they are finding there are people like Gail Benoit and back yard breeders.
And those are people who should not be supported.
The first place people should go look is to rescue - and if we can't supply them with what they want, then we're not much help. If they want a small dog - they aren't going to adopt a large dog just because that's all we have - they are going to move on and go on to other places - like Kijiji - and we all know the type of things they're going to find there - and it's not pretty.
So if we have to import small dogs in order to shut down the ugly things that sell on Kijiji - I don't have a problem with that - the small dogs that are dying or staying for months in no-kill shelters in other areas are in just as much need - so why not bring them here.
I also wanted to talk about the few large dogs that came in the shipment - they came because there was a raid on a hoarders house in California - which was the impetus for this whole campaign - there were 15 dogs in that house - and most of them were large - and those are the large dogs that came here - and they all have homes and foster homes to go to - the small dogs that came were just tagged on to sweeten the deal (is my understanding) - since they were coming anyway - they thought they could help to empty the shelter out a bit - which is what they did.
There is something that I don't agree with - and almost everybody disagrees with - and that is the impending arrival of the 50 cats. Everybody knows that we have a cat problem - but those cats are going to PEI - maybe it's different in PEI, I don't know - but I'm glad they are going there and not here, that's for sure.
I should also say for clarity's sake that I brought one of the dog's home yesterday for myself - his name is Diego - and you'll be seeing a lot of him here from now on. He is coming with his own set of peculiarities - but so does everyone.
His intake card said that he had been at the Palm Spring's shelter since October 22, 2012 - can you imagine a 10 pound dog being at any shelter in Nova Scotia for almost 5 months? It would be unheard of - but that's the state of the shelter system in California - and that's why these dogs came here - because these dogs will be adopted much faster here.
And I also have to say - that we here in Nova Scotia have enough love for every animal - whether they come from away, or whether they are born here. Any rescue animal has a home here as far as I'm concerned and we can love them all equally.
We did such a fabulous thing when pet stores in Nova Scotia stopped selling puppies - and now we really need to step up our game and show the province that the number one place to acquire your animal is through rescue - and we have whatever type of animal you want - small, medium, large, puppy, adult - whatever - we have it - rescue is the way to go - and we will go to the ends of the earth to get it for you.
And that's what we did this week - it's all good news!!!!!