Many people may ask why we are rescuing dogs from other countries, rather than from Arizona. We ask, why not? We will not turn our backs on a Golden that needs our help.
In the just released Year to Year survey from the National Rescue Committee, the number of dogs rescued from 2011 to 2016 has decreased almost 50%. In 2011, 8,399 Purebred Goldens were rescued in comparison to 4,474 in 2016. Of the ninety-six rescue programs that responded, in 2016, three groups had no activity, one group didn’t bring in any dogs and the other two had closed. In 2014, when some groups started rescuing Goldens from foreign countries, the total rescued was 325. In 2016, there were 854 imported Goldens rescued.
We wish that we can help rescue and save all the abused, abandoned and neglected Goldens in the world, but we decided we will start slowly and focus on those Goldens in countries where neglect and mistreatment is of the worst imaginable kind.
Two words in the first sentence of our Mission Statement led Scottie McGowan on a mission: “mistreated" and "unwanted." She had heard those words many times during her conversations with Sheila of Goldens Without Borders, in Las Vegas. Scottie spoke to Sheila for a long time asking questions and getting more information. Sheila explained how her fairly new, underfunded, tiny Las Vegas rescue manages to find homes for the less than perfect dogs. We all know it is very rare to find a perfect Golden. Since we first started rescuing Goldens, we have taken in not only healthy dogs but some who have needed extensive medical care.
As you know, we are now partnering with several international rescue groups and are bringing Golden Retrievers to the States for adoption.
Our first dogs, Yong and Jessica from Korea, are now in Arizona.
Yong was destined to be tortured and butchered for human consumption. But a mosquito bite caused him to develop heartworm, rendering him inedible. There’s the "mistreated" word.
Jessica was chained outside for two years, as they had no room inside their small apartment for her. There’s the "unwanted word." Jessica was examined and also found to have heartworm. Both dogs are being fostered and their treatment for heartworm has started.
Despite such deplorable conditions, the Golden Retriever has unwavering optimism and a spirit that is rarely broken. We hope to give them hope, new families and new lives.
We have now rescued nine Goldens from foreign countries. Two have come from Korea, two from China and five from Mexico. We have more in the pipeline, so watch for more announcements. Your donations will help us bring more.
In the coming editions of Golden Tales, we will feature all of our foreign dogs, with stories of where they are now and how they are adapting to Arizona. We will also find out if they have learned English.