Adopting from Afar – The effect of the Internet on Dog Rescue

Social networking is a relatively new phenomenon isn’t it? So many people set up a Facebook profile a few years ago without thinking a great deal of it. But now, things are different. Your average sixteen year old thinks that the inevitable electronic book of their face, and the faces of their friends, has been around since Eve bit into her indulgent apple.

The dog world is no different. Many dogs have found their new homes because of a picture and small write up on the internet. People have travelled the length of the country to fetch a little dog whose eyes stared out of a screen and stole their breath. We are certain that many people reading this have fallen in love with a dog over the internet and moved mountains to bring that particular pup home.

For small home based dog rescue social networking is a blessing. All they need is a willing group of local volunteers to foster, transport and check potential new owners mixed with a Facebook page to find a new life for countless unwanted dogs. Social networking can cause problems too. It is easy to instil fear and rumour into many people by just passing around a biased opinion as fact. Like any social gathering there are risks involved with bringing a group of people together.

Do the benefits outweigh the negative though? Eastern Europe and their treatment of dogs has been brought into the spotlight fairly recently. On the streets of Romania straying dogs are shot, poisoned and publicly beaten, in order to remove them from the public eye.

Because of the publicity of the plight of such dogs things are changing for stray dogs abroad. Images of dogs that are seen as valueless and are literally starving to death on the streets are entering our comfy homes and hearts via a handy share button. We as a relatively affluent nation are being made aware of the world outside our windows.

Thankfully people care and send donations of money, food and medical supplies to shelters abroad. Social networking of the needs of makeshift shelters is bringing in much needed funding which is great for the dogs.In addition to this many groups are working directly with the unfortunate animals and their carers. Many of the carers are isolated from their own communities because dogs are seen as pests in their neighbourhoods.

Dogs are being offered for long distance adoption all the time. Little unwanted dogs are being taken many hundreds of miles to new and excited owners and a forever home abroad. A new life of comfort is achieved for the dogs, far from the nation of abuse of which they were born into.

Because of advancing travel capabilities and the pets travel scheme our world is getting smaller and rescue capabilities expanding rapidly. The dogs that were coming unto the UK from Southern Ireland for adoption have now been joined by unwanted animals from Europe. We have been introduced to International adoption and it seems to be working well.

Search Dog Rescue Abroad for links to rescue centres.

by | The online source for Active Dog Gear