“Do we need more out-of-state of dogs? My personal feeling is we have to first answer a different question. And that is should our own dogs be taken care of first? If we do that, then we can look at helping others. Why should we bring in more dogs when we have our own dogs in our state dying because we can’t find homes for them? Or we can’t house them long enough?”
One problem Laura addressed on WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle” program is what animals face at Connecticut shelters. Each jurisdiction is different, as an animal shelter may be run by the mayor or first selectman or the police department or the finance director. Some shelters keep a dog for a week, others for 10 days. Some shelters even house a dog for six months, giving plenty of time for a home to be found. Laura feels dogs coming in from Southern states will mean shelter dogs in Connecticut will be less likely to find an adopter before time runs out.
There are a lot of rescue organizations from Connecticut who save dogs in southern states because spay/neuter isn’t pushed in the south. Dogs are more likely to reproduce, with the pregnant or mother dog being taken to the shelter along with her puppies. The southern dogs are rescued and shipped up north, which Laura says makes an impact on the number of shelter dogs adopted or rescued locally.
The bottom line, Laura stated, is to make sure local dogs are adopted out first. Do you agree with Laura concerning the transporting of dogs from the south when so many in Connecticut shelters are desperately in need of a forever home? Sound off in the comments.