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Transporting Dogs; Not the miracle fix you think

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Transporting animals from one shelter to another shelter in another city, state, or country is at its best a rudenmanty and fragmentary attempt at rescuing.

If you take away any media notoriety and take off the emotional blinder that seem to be so very popular in the animal rescue community. Emotional blinders being things like heart warming photos of dogs being hugged, since people would rather assume a happy ending rather then learn of and accept the less then favorable reality that can happen.that sweet photo could easily distract oh and watchout for tricky wording. I've notice this in headlines like..." rescued dogs being delivered to new "furever" homes around the country ' the words rescued and delivered to forever homes are misleading. They were actually transported to a different shelter where they hope to even Tully be adopted into a home

I'm not sure where actually fixing a problem was replaced with being satisfied with just moving it somewhere else. Consider a child who is forced to eat all the vegetables on their place. instead of actually eating the veggie they move them around strategically on the plate to give the appearance that their are less veggie on the plate because they have been eaten. In reality the child did not. .

Transporting is not a sustainable improvement to the shelter transported from and/or transported to. So when the no kills are forced to turn away more then they already do and the places dogs were sent are over flowing from the weekly and monthly transports from upwards of 20 different groups all sending dog by the hundreds... because transports convinced themselves that certain places needed more home less dogs .

What then?

When there is no where left to send California dogs, the realization , No over population problems were resolved or improved upon by transporting will be horrifically clear.

When we realize the amount of funding , man power, and misplaced effort that could have been directed to educate, improve and fix some of the reasons that the shelters in our own cities are so crowded, it will be too late.

Im not one to have or post my opinion about anything without researching the topic. I blame my neurotic mentality for making me spend hours and even days trying to educate myself on every aspect, pro or con, statistical fact, even public comments. If something concerns me,, intrigues me, or sounds good to me... Before I voice my apprention or endorsement I make sure that what ever I decide is something that I will never have to withdraw later because I was naive.

I researched and accounted for as many transports and the amount of dogs each stated were transported over the last couple years. I mainly focused on those transported from shelters local to me in southern California as well as a Few other transports in other states who have or regularly send animals to northwest areas. Washington, Oregon and Canada. Most of the transporters or groups transporting state the number of animals they transported in each event like a badge of honor.

Exsample :

"Animal Rescue Corps stepped in to help, in the next two weeks they will transport about 125 animals all the way to Nova Scotia, Canada."

considering that number is limited to the transports that have been posted on-line with the amount of animals they transported . The number of dogs actually transported to the North West/ northern states could actually be much higher then my estimate.

.I was shocked to find the amount of animals transported from a shelter was so high.

Remember being transported from a shelter to another shelter does not guarantee being adopted, its can end just being another kennel to wait in.

Before you read any further .. For shits and giggles I want every one that is reading this ( that means you) to comment how many animals they estimate to have been transported into the north west areas of the us and Canada since about 2009.

Comment : my guess is __________ animals.

Go do it now and then continue reading.

the total rough total of pets transported to those areas since 2009 ....

53,960 animals

More then half of that number were transported in 2012- 2013 alone.

How did I come up with 53,960 ? By adding. Duh.

About half that number was from the past couple years that be around 26,989 animals in two years.

Was your guess anywhere near that?

Simple logic can tell you that moving a problem doesn't solve it.

These states that are being transported to have their own homeless pets. While true there are a few no kill shelters there, more then we have in southern California. There are also shelters that are forced to euthanize due to lack of homes there as well.

Um hello? Almost 27,000 thousand animals in two two years?!

The shelters and homeless animal communities that are being transported ... Has anyone even considered their futures?

The understanding that every action has a reaction clearly indicates we should.

Open your eyes... Something is not right here.

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