Our country has had a shortage of well adjusted dogs for a long time. Don’t let PETA or the ASPCA convince you we have a population issue or that everyone who breeds animals is a criminal. We wouldn’t have good dogs without breeders. Where do working animals come from? Working lines. From breeders.
Back in 2013 the ASPCA was trying to figure out how to be the main source of puppies. Go back six more years and it’s common knowledge shelters have been importing from Puerto Rico, Taiwan etc.
In our little North Idaho town many of the dogs are brought in from Arizona and California. Where are those states getting all of their dogs? Since when did it become fiscally responsible to use money for local animals to bring in more animals?
Here is more information to chew on: “For instance, in the Portland, OR area there are hundreds of rescues and shelters. Only one is an open admission shelter that takes in ALL strays, legal cases and such. In the past, these selective admission rescues and shelters have been able to take the overflow and special needs dogs from the open admission shelter to prevent euthanasia and to give dogs more exposure, foster homes and alternative opportunites like a daycare/shelter environment. In addition, other open admission shelters outside the city would do transfers with the county shelter in order to give long-term residents a new audience. Truly, a beautiful network to support local homeless dogs.
Apparently, things were going so well for Portland dogs that the no-kill folks decided to look outside the state at dogs who were being euthanized in large numbers. Believe me, my heart breaks for them, too. So began the practice of loading up 50 – 100 dogs or more at a time and driving them from CA to OR, among other places. The Oregon Humane Society has reported doing this on a weekly basis for quite some time now. What started as a life-saving mission, however, has become more of a marketing plan and is having a grave impact on local dogs.
You see, for every dog that comes from CA, there is a lost kennel or foster home for the dogs coming into the open admission shelters. Additionally, dogs being imported are not all healthy, behaviorally stable dogs. Some are scheduled to be euthanized for good reason, not simply to create space. Meanwhile, the shelters in CA that are sending out these dogs are not required to have a plan for improving their own situation in order to curb the inflow. It seems that sending them out of state IS the plan…” This article is well written and is worth your time to read.
In short the best way to find a dog is to find a responsible breeder. You might be on a wait list for a year but that beats checking rescue sites on an hourly basis to have a chance at getting the animal that would be the best fit for your situation.