Connecticut Becoming a Haven For Southern Rescue Dogs

A rescue group here has brought in hundreds of dogs from southern states that might otherwise be put to death.


Connecticut has taken in hundreds of rescue dogs from the South, thanks to animal groups operating in this state.

The Rescue Dog Village is just one organization here in Connecticut, and part of a growing trend, that is helping to save the lives of dogs from out of state that would otherwise be euthanized, according to a report in the Connecticut Post.

However some in-state rescue groups, such as the Animal Rescue Foundation, question the need to rescue out-of-state dogs when there are so many in Connecticut that need help. 

"People think when they're adopting a dog from down South they're doing a greater good," Nicole Cammack, one of the directors of Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville that has 20 dogs, told the Post. "It really does hurt us. People don't realize that," she said. "It's important to fix the problem at home (in Connecticut). There's a homeless animal epidemic."

Karena Garrity January 21, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Glad to see some awareness being brought to this issue. I question constantly why all these dogs have to come from down south.
Anne Rose January 21, 2013 at 06:02 PM
All of these animals, wherever they may come from, are precious. It's wonderful to have so many people willing to help them, whatever it takes. My concern for them is health-related. Transporting animals out of their native areas, with their specific health issues and/or immunities (or lack thereof) can have an effect on the animals in the area they are being brought 'to'. For one example, decades ago, Rabies was a disease that was only prominent in the southern states. It has spread northward for many years, and is now an epidemic here in the northeast. Any time you bring animals into a new area, you run the risk of introducing unfamiliar health or disease issues. Some that may not be identified until it's too late.
Eileen McNamara January 21, 2013 at 09:53 PM
I'm a little conflicted on this one. Yes, perhaps we should be tending those in our own backyard, but I think Connecticut tends to be a much safer place for these guys than states down South where I think there are a lot of high kill shelters still. Maybe we can help them and our own.
Dave Strack January 22, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Dogs are killed in New Jersey and nearby shelters every day while we are being flooded with dogs from the South. Yes, some of these dogs were old or sick or injured but many of them perished because no one came to adopt them. In the 10 largest shelters in the NJ almost 40% of the dogs available for adoption are killed. When I decided to start fostering dogs for a rescue, I looked for one that did adoption days for local dogs. Of the many rescue groups I looked into all but two imported most if not all of their dogs from the South. I wound up working with one of the rescues that saves dogs from the high-kill shelter in New York City. Yes, I do feel sorry for all the dogs killed in the southern shelters as I do for the dogs killed here. But do not believe that sending these dogs up North is the only or best solution to that problem. The best solution is to improve the situation down South. And don’t believe it when they say the dog problem down there can’t be fixed. If Foothills Humane Society in North Carolina could improve in a few years from less than 60% of the animals making it out of the shelter alive to 97% in 2011 other shelters can also do it.
Eileen McNamara January 22, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Excellent points Dave.
Dawn Kopczynski January 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM
We have a "rescue" dog from the south.Came from a group in Mass It was not our objective to get a rescue dog.She is a constant source of worry for my daughter.We also have a golden. They came home on the same day as puppies. They have each had training live in the same house same love everything according to their own needs Except that the golden's beginning was a stable loving environment. While the rescues was anything but.I worry that we the humans are on another self righteous kick. We decided that we needed to save children from other countries. Now it is dogs.Having worked in a shelter many years ago I understand the sadness of homeless animals. But I am also tried of hearing the "oh it is a rescue dog from (somewhere in the south). People are ill-prepared to raise and care for these dogs. Their social and health traits are more then they can handle.. They have no idea as to the true background of the animals. The rescuers become as bad as the people that may have owned the parents of a rescue puppy. Why aren't we adopting animals from our own backyards so to speak. Sometimes because of one humans stupidity another must make hard choices as to the life or death of a animal.I watch people all the time with these dogs. The dog is left to do as it pleases. They think that their dog should come into your space. This is as impolite with a dog as it would be with a child.I walk in our downtown our dogs are not allowed to walk at the end of the leash out of control.


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