A dog rescue in the Vancouver area, whose cross-border operations mostly stopped under COVID, needs people who want to adopt or foster rescue dogs now that more animals will arrive again when the U.S. border reopens for international travelers next week.
Thank Dog I Am Out Rescue Society (TDIAO) is also looking for travelers who are willing to escort the animals on planes so TDIAO can also work to get these dogs a home.
“As people branch out and vacation to additional destinations, we can resume using these people as flight volunteers to help bring our dogs across the border by plane,” TDIAO founder Susan Patterson told the Daily Hive in a telephone interview.
“As a not-for-profit, we have been able to cross the border back and forth during COVID, but the problem was getting the dogs to the United States from different destinations,” Patterson said.
Patterson said TDIAO is working with another rescue team, RainCoast Dog Rescue on Vancouver Island, bringing 25 dogs into California in November, with more dogs due to arrive from Mexico and other parts of the world next month.
“For us as a rescue, when we knew the world was shutting down for 18 months, thousands … thousands of dogs died because there was nowhere to send them,” Patterson said.
“It was heartbreaking. Knowing what was going on because we couldn’t help was the hardest part.”
Patterson said the dogs in need of home were multiplied during the pandemic and that there are some shelters abroad that had nowhere to place the animals so they had a high killing rate.
Some places had different experiences in the last year and a half, Patterson said, such as in California, there was a time when kennels were emptied – but they have since been refilled.
In Vancouver, the group said it saw so many surrenders and animals being surrendered due to financial difficulties.
“We received a number of dogs from people who could not afford them anymore, people who got sick, people lost their jobs, so we did a lot of local things to help people who could not feed their animals under COVID.”
Now, Patterson said the groups are looking for fetuses and adopters by the end of the year, especially those who have no plans to take off during the holidays.
If you are unable to adopt or be a foster parent, Patterson said the rescue could still use your help because TDIAO in the new year will be looking for volunteers who can help pick up dogs from the airport and transfer them to homes.
Patterson said volunteers can also help with “home checks” to make sure potential homes and families fit both people and dogs.
If you want to get more involved in helping rescue animals, Patterson encourages you to get in touch with local groups or check in with organizations when you fly to see if they need airline tickets.
“Rescue teams are always looking for people to help them with all sorts of things, and I think now that the gates are opening, there will be more options,” Patterson said.
If you would like to apply to become a foster family, adopter or volunteer at TDIAO or RainCoast Dog Rescue, you can find their information and contact on their websites.