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Stray dogs unwanted in Mexico, find a new home in Canada

Yet, it’s like healing a wounded soul with a band-aid

Meet Tory, the country’s new “First Dog”. South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in has made good on one of his election promises by adopting a dog from an animal sanctuary in a move seen as supporting animal rights in South Korea. The four-year-old black mongrel was adopted from the animal rights group Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE), and South Korea’s Yonhap news agency notes that this is the first time that a shelter dog has become a so-called First Dog.

Mexico has a severe overpopulation of street dogs, a problem that repeated sterilization campaigns have not been able to fix.

Millions of homeless canines roam the streets of the Latin American nation. But now comes a radical new idea — an international refugee program for pets.

An innovative program is helping in rescuing homeless dogs in Mexico and finding them a new home in Canada. The program locates people that are already traveling from Mexico to Canada and willing to deliver the stray canines to their adopters in Canada as part of their baggage.

I feel like I’m saving nine lives right now. So, yes I think anyone that loves animals should think about it.” Adriana Magos said in an interview with John Holman. Adriana volunteered to carry these nine dogs with her on her trip from Mexico to Canada, where Canadian citizens are expecting and waiting to pick them up at the airport when she arrives.

It all started with a problem when local dog rescue organization in Mexico were unable to locate people in the community that are willing to take them in.

Mexican residents in the area were not interested in these dogs because of their breed or the way they look. Dog shelters discovered that local Airlines would let them fly dogs to Canada cheaply or entirely free as long as they can find travelers willing to take them.

There’s plenty of demand for dogs in Canada especially in some cities where it’s illegal to buy a dog at all, only adopt. However, Not everyone in the Canadian animal welfare community sees cross-border dog rescues as the next step in our moral evolution.

Humane societies at both the local and national levels have raised their voices against the practice, arguing there are plenty of dogs in Canadian pounds and shelters in desperate need of homes. “We need to direct Canadians to adopt here,” says Barbara Cartwright, chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. “It can be very frustrating for a local humane society that has a dog overpopulation problem, and is looking at euthanizing animals, while dogs are being brought in from a different continent.

One option for those who are divided on the issue of adopting an imported dog is to adopt locally, and donate to other countries. For example, funds that would have been used to transport a pet into Canada could instead be used to sponsor the dog’s adoption fee or donate to a spay/neuter initiative.

Indeed, there needs to be more guidance and research on the best way to help stray dogs find a new home. Densely publicizing adoptive dogs online through social media networks can be a huge help in generating interest and demand.

Shelters and animal care organizations all over the world have an essential role in helping sick, neglected, abused, and stray animals. Regardless of whether a dog has a dramatic backstory, or it’s just a stray dog who was rescued from the local community, a homeless dog is a homeless dog — it needs a loving and appropriate home.

It’s up to each one of us to decide whether to adopt a local dog or have it imported from another country. National borders are a human invention and dogs from any nation can become excellent family pets regardless of one’s nationality. Pets just need help and a little bit of love, no matter where it comes from.

Yet, adopting stray dogs and sending donations to animal welfare organizations is like healing a wounded soul with a bandage.

Ultimately the real problem is in monetizing on a life. Whenever dogs and other pets are traded for money as mere assets or property, it will never be for the benefit of the animal.

It’s estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year. Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water. When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins.

There will always be homeless, mistreated or abused pets for as long as we allow and endorse the practice of pet trade.

Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets in last year, and spending will creep close to $60 billion this year. The ultra-affluent love their dogs just as much as they adore driving fancy cars. A Red Tibetan Mastiff, named Big Splash, was recorded as being sold for a whopping $1.5 million by a wealthy businessman in China. It’s a pocket change for the rich, but a cozy retirement for the other 99% of society.

True dog lovers embrace the “No Kill Philosophy” because they want to prevent harm to dogs and their systematic slaughter in shelters. Real dog lovers also want to shut down the puppy mill trade because they want to stop wrongdoing to dogs and their orderly abuse.

To identify as a dog lover and claim you care about their well-being, but ignore or fight reform efforts to stop the wheel that produces systematic slaughter and abuse is not only ethically inconsistent, but it is also morally bankrupt.

This wheel can be shattered into pieces by making pet trade entirely illegal. It’s a cycle of abuse that is fueled by currency and can be disrupted by shutting down the funding.

I have started a petition on change.org for making pet trade worldwide illegal, and if this makes sense to you and would like to make a change, please make your voice heard and sign the petition now.

I believe that a decade from now people everywhere will stop regarding these innocent animals as assets and start recognizing them as life, which cannot be bought or sold like a piece of furniture.

I believe I am part of this change by merely writing this story.

Let’s altogether be part of this change.


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