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Importing Shelter Puppies – Ethical?

July 12, 2010
Sandor Fagyal

One of the biggest hot button issues today for animal lovers, at least in the United States, is the subject of shelter overpopulation. Many people are convinced that there is an overpopulation of cats and dogs in the U.S. But is this really true? There are some indications that it’s not true everywhere.

Many shelters in northeastern states have set up programs to import dogs from Southern States. The reason for moving dogs from state to state?

Voluntary spay/neuter programs in the northeastern states have been very successful over the last 10-15 years and there is a shortage of cute, adoptable puppies. There are fewer voluntary spay/neuter programs in the South and shelters there still have too many pups, small breeds and young dogs looking for homes. The solution, which works for everyone, has been to send the dogs in need of homes northward. There are still dogs who need homes in the northeastern states but they are often black lab mixes and bully breed mixes (the so-called “pit bulls) that no one wants to adopt. Or, they may be elderly dogs that are also adopted less frequently.

What do you think? Are these shelters and rescues doing the right thing by trying to find homes for these dogs? Is there really a problem with pet overpopulation if shelters and rescue organizations?

Category: Dog Health