Rescue Dogs Are In Demand, So Shelters Look Far Afield

Laurie McCannon, director of the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass., with a dog named Trina.
Photo by Greg Allen/NPR

An interesting report on NPR looks at the relatively new process of transporting dogs across the country, and even internationally, to shelters in parts of the U.S. where adoptions are easier and there are fewer animals in shelters. It sounds like a win-win situation, since the dogs find new homes and owners are choosing not to go the pet-store route. However, some veterinarians and others point out that this process is not without problems: the “immigrant” dogs may be getting adopted before local animals, and it’s more difficult to track diseases.

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