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Transporting Dogs from Overpopulated States
Shelters fill empty kennels with Southern pups
One of the dogs brought up from South Carolina.

For years, local shelters in the Northeast have been bringing homeless dogs up from the South for a shot at adoption. When I first found out about these rescue missions, it seemed like a waste of resources when there are so many homeless pets right here in New York.

But, as it turns out, many Northeastern shelters and rescue groups have a hard time keeping up with demand for certain dogs. So it has become common to transport dogs that will be adopted quickly, like small breeds. Overpopulation is a big problem in the South because spay/neuter rates are much lower there.

New Jersey-based PetResQ is one of those rescue groups that transport Southern dogs. After learning about animal control officers accused of shooting 22 dogs to death last year in North Carolina, they decided to organize a transport targeting dogs slated for euthanasia in that region.

Their plans came to fruition two weeks ago when 50 volunteer pilots successfully transported more than 100 dogs from South Carolina to PetResQ.

I know that many dogs are euthanized every day in New York, so it still feels wrong to bring more animals into the picture. However, in reality most homeless dogs in my area are Pit Bulls and most people want to adopt a Retriever or Beagle. If bringing dogs from the South fills that need, it seems like a win-win for both sides.

What do you think about the transport effort from the South?

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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Submitted by Emily | October 6 2011 |

I frequently volunteered at a shelter in Ohio that rescued and transported dogs in from Tennessee. I saw an overwhelming amount of sweet, good natured dogs coming in. It's heartbreaking to think that these gentle dogs would have been euthanized if they had stayed in the south. My own dog, Lucy, is one of those dogs and I'm eternally grateful to have found her!

Submitted by Anonymous | October 13 2011 |

Got contacts for shelters? Is there a network shelters can put thier name on?

Submitted by Anonymous | November 8 2011 |

I work with one of these rescues that imports dogs, and we have received some angry emails and phone calls from people who think we should just rescue dogs from NJ (where we are located). Yes, we do usually get the most adoptable dogs, but we /need/ to. The group is a network of foster homes and some boarding facilities. We need to pay for spaying/neutering, vet care, food, and sometimes board. The only way we can save more dogs is by getting the most adoptable ones.

The other day I encountered an irate woman and asked her if she sent money to Africa. She said yes. I said did you know there are impoverished people in the US. She said yes. I asked her what the difference was. She glared at me and stormed off.

Submitted by Colleen | October 5 2013 |

Do you know of a transport from South Carolina to the Houston TX area? Thanks.

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