Chinese Dogs waiting to come to Seattle
Due to the fact that our intake numbers have declined by 80% since 2010 and we have become aware of the dire need for help of Golden Retrievers in other countries, in 2018, EGRR started rescuing Goldens from South Korea. This effort continues and we are now also rescuing dogs from China some of which have been rescued from slaughterhouses. We join the ranks of many Golden Retriever Rescue groups across the country and in Canada that have been rescuing Goldens for over 10 years from countries like Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea and, more recently, China. EGRR communicates frequently with these groups and they have freely shared their experiences. These efforts could not happen without the help of the courageous and hardworking volunteers in these countries. They have obtained these dogs legally from shelters, farmers and sometimes slaughter houses. By moving these dogs to the US, the rescuers can then take in more dogs. Additionally, these young volunteers are working to close slaughterhouses and change the attitudes that exist in their countries. Every social movement starts with grassroots efforts and EGRR is happy to be a part of it.
Before being shipped to the U.S. the dogs are vetted, tested for heart-worm, parasites and other diseases and treated if indicated. They are also vaccinated, quarantined, micro-chipped and if appropriate, spayed or neutered. Some of he dogs from Korea are cared for in foster homes. All requirements of the US Department of Agriculture, the Center for Disease Control and the state of Washington are followed and all necessary permits are obtained. To add another layer of safety to this rescue effort, we request that foster homes keep their new Asian dog home and do not allow them to come into contact with other dogs for the first 2 weeks. After this 2 week period, the dog is examined by a local Vet and any additional vaccinations and care is provided. It is, however, important to remember that we have absolutely no background on these dogs including what health challenges they may have dealt with before coming to Seattle.
We are looking for individuals or families who are interested in adopting a young Golden Retriever and would be willing to take a dog from Asia on a “foster to adopt” basis. You are not obligated to adopt the dog you foster but it does give you the first chance. EGRR will pay vet costs while in foster care and provide 6 months of Heart Worm preventative. The foster home will provide the food, bedding and other supplies and most importantly, love and patient training. Remember – these dogs do not understand English. It is our hope and plan that the dogs will be cleared for adoption within 4 weeks of arriving. Adoption fee for these dogs is $600 for an adult dog, age 1 year and older and $700 for a puppy under 1 year of age. Due to the fact that some of these dogs show some degree of resource guarding of their food bowl, which is understandable given how they lived, and we have no history on them, in most cases they will not be adopted to families with children under the age of 10.
A securely fenced yard is required. Their journey to Seattle involves a very long flight and many hours spent non-stop in an airline crate. As a result, these dogs will often refuse to go into an airline crate again. Some will tolerate a wire crate. Either way, we recommend confining them when they are home alone either using a baby gate or an exercise pen. We feel that these dogs should not be left alone for too long so another requirement is that someone is home with these dogs at night and part of the day. Most are good with other dogs but if you have a resident dog, we recommend that you make sure your dog is healty and up to date on all of his/her vaccinations just to be safe.
Since EGRR has a waiting list of families wanting to adopt, those on our waiting list will be considered first for these dogs. Should anyone on our waiting list decline to participate in this program, this will not affect their standing or place on our waiting list. We view this as an opportunity for those interested and well suited for one of these dogs in addition to being literally a life saver for the dogs we bring over.
If you would like to learn more about the Goldens from Asia or be considered to adopt one, please write a paragraph or two about yourself, your family members including pets, living situation including your yard/fence, how long the dog would typically be alone and where he would stay when you are gone, where he would sleep at night, your dog experience, training experience and anything else you think we should know. Please understand that multiple factors will be considered for those interested in adopting an imported dog and a normally outstanding applicant may be declined for logistical reasons.
The cost to save these Goldens and bring them to Seattle far exceeds their adoption fee. Once here, these dogs incur additional veterinary expenses. If you would just like to support our efforts, please consider donating to EGRR via PayPal. Thank you.