Used to be, adopting a dog was a local affair. While hard to believe for many of us, many a rescue dog available for adoption in a big city animal pound, come from abroad in a convoluted Customs procedure.
Volunteers take care of that process. Some have called it the ‘canine freedom train’. Still, it doesn’t seem to be enough to keep up demand, as we’ve seen. Before, dog activism focused on a high enough animal surplus deemed to justify killings to thin rescue dog kennel populations.
Nowadays, able-bodied available pooches are taken by the last day that same week they’re put up for adoption. The average person is still in the dark about this happening. Connoisseurs & those that start to look for dogs to adopt are in the know.
If one were to observe those sent to pick up dogs coming in through the airport, it gives a sense of this being a free-for-all. Anxiously looking out for people with dog boxes. Rushing to some coming in a group. Even somehow managing to end up with an extra crate.
Once the dust settled, said dog picker-upper was given money from a couple of big guys swooping in a pickup with far away IDs. It all happened fast enough that they left without letting know if that was for another shelter or just opportunistic adopters.
As the rest of the animal cargo were taken across a parking lot to the waiting vehicle, one of the dog-containing boxes crashed to the ground. The animal inside must’ve been so doggone tired, it didn’t make a sound.
When the pups got to the shelter, more volunteers were ready with drinks, snacks & doggie pads. Once they seemed acclimatized to their surroundings, the pooches were taken straight to an adoption activity. Quickly turned into show dogs for eagerly awaiting humans.
Let’s see what happens next..