Homeless dogs are being whisked off from Las Vegas to Canada in an effort to save their lives, thanks to an organization called Foreclosed Upon Pets International. ABC News has reported on Dec. 4 that many lost canines are being flown from the U.S. to keep them from a tragic ending.
Former pets are being left behind when their owners have had their homes foreclosed in Vegas. With the crisis of foreclosure rampant in that area, pets are dying either from starvation or being left to roam the streets, leaving them confused now that they have been forced to fend for themselves. The Las Vegas Lied Animal Shelter ends up with so many dogs and cats that do not get adopted, but instead lose their lives by being put down. The numbers speak for themselves as it was said that an average of 65 animals are euthanized daily. This is heartbreaking. It is obvious that they take in more than they can handle.
This is where Foreclosed Upon Pets International (FUPI) steps in. Executive Director Everett Croxson makes sure that eight to 16 dogs a week are flown to Canada where the demand for dogs, especially small ones, is high. He started this organization in 2008 to help these displaced animals find their forever homes, even if it does take a jet to get them there.
It seems that the good folks in Canada are willing to pay $500 to adopt a pet through the partnership between FUPI and a Canadian pet store chain called Petcetera. According to the store’s executive vice president Richard Kaga, there are very few puppy mills over there and Canadians can afford to adopt and take care of these pets thanks to a strong economy. On the flip side of this statement made about puppy mills, it has recently been said that Quebec is the puppy mill capital of Canada, with many puppy mills still in the province. It also stands to reason that the Canadian pet chain is getting some benefits from this deal. However, if these dogs are being saved from uncertain death, then it may be worth it.
Petcetera adopts out the canines through their stores after being flown to Vancouver by FUPI. With this partnership in place, over 1000 dogs have found their forever homes. The adoption fee covers such things as shots, spaying or neutering, transportation, and the loving care given by Petcetera until the pets are handed over to their new owners.
A sweet male Pomeranian named Pono became the 1000th pooch to be transported by air in September and that was cause for a major celebration. It takes people with big hearts to help our canine friends find their forever homes where they will live comfortably the rest of their lives.
Do you think this is a good way to help these dogs get adopted?