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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Puppies from China

Today the Toronto Star reported that a Toronto woman has spent thousands of dollars bringing seven puppies from China to Canada. Our country (continent actually) has enough rescue organizations which could have used that money to save a few cats and dogs. Perhaps a few fractures could have been repaired on a few Canadian rescue dogs (who will now have to be euthanized)? I am certain that this woman could have expended the same energy to find them a home in China.
Of course, most of us are gaga over the (never-ending) sensationalist Star coverage: adorable, happy little puppies in their recent Canadian photo-op. This story and photo likely turned thousands into doting, sniveling mashed potatoes.
This woman thought with her heart, not her head.

Dogs that could use a few bucks.


GoLightly said...

Sheesh, no kidding. We don't have enough homeless critters in this country?

In China, they could be a delicacy.

I know..

Wonder what interesting parasites they "may" have brought back?
Sorry, cynical Saturday..
How's Isaac?

TorontoVet said...

Cynicism permitted here!
Isaac is doing great, thank you for asking.

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Makes me think of the person who paid $50,000 to have her dog cloned ...

Interesting questions about parasites GoLightly!


Meg said...

Actually Cliff I disagree with you, I think the woman thought with her head (or vanity) and not her heart. I read the Star story so I understand that they are calling this a "rescue", but I can't help thinking that the woman's eagerness to bring the dogs to Canada has more to do with the fact that they are a rare breed (they may be the only ones of their kind in Canada now) than it did with being a good Samaritan.

I find it hard to believe that anyone wanting to do good for animals would need to look further than the tragic overflow of our shelters, or in some cases out city streets, to see the great need for support and kindness to abandoned animals. All she's accomplished is bringing 7 more poor animals into an already overflowing humane society system where they may or may not get adopted.

I hate to sound so negative, but I'm going to get on my soap box enough to say that people who spend thousands on "designer" pets are -- in my opinion -- usually looking only to make a status or fashion statement, not looking for a loyal companion/friend/addition to the family.

If people want to bring joy into their lives and the lives of disadvantaged animals, go to your local humane society where you can find some of the most beautiful, clever, and loving animals -- qualities money can't buy and pedigree can't ensure.

TorontoVet said...


Definitely. I should have gone all the way in my attack and I did not overlook that. They are indeed of an unfamiliar breed (here) so I agree that this act may not have been so selfless.

Barb said...

Not quite the same thing, but a similar problem in terms of introducing exotic diseases and parasites - in California there is a HUGE problem with puppies brought in from Mexico. These are not so-called "rescues" but are the product of puppymills in central America. As we crack down on substandard commercial breeders here in the US, this seems to be the way the market will react to fill the demand. Not a better alternative, for sure!

Although it IS heartening to think that - even in this economy - there IS still so much demand for pets. The shelter and rescue community just need to learn to tap into that.