Why help International Rescues?
SCGRR tries to never say no to a Golden Retriever in need. With demand for rescued Goldens in Southern California far exceeding the domestic rescues available by over 4 times, we have wonderful families waiting for the perfect companion. Our domestic rescues continue to come first but with all these families waiting, SCGRR began to work with several international rescuers to help save needy Goldens in other countries.
Many of our rescue partners have no funding and are good Samaritans doing what they can on pure passion. This is the case for our partners on the ground in China (Shanghai, Beijing), South Korea and Turkey. We provide the structure in Southern California to welcome dogs coming in, getting them treated and into foster care, and ultimately adopted to the best family to meet their individual needs. We reimburse these partners for a variety of expenses such as crates and water bottles for travel, paperwork fees, airline fees, boarding or vaccines. It averages us about $1000 per dog just to support the independent rescuers and get them to the U.S. Most receive basic medical treatment and required vaccines before arrival but conditions ranging from Heartworm to Dental work to glaucoma to repairing poorly triaged broken bones or abscesses from trauma – these are dealt with under our supervision here in SoCal just as we would for our domestic Goldens.
To continue to help with dog rescue beyond our own domestic Goldens in need, and to provide more amazing dogs for the waiting families, we need to find new ways to provide funding for dogs from these countries. Please consider donating to help an International Rescue Dog to give them a chance at the American dream of life as a loving family member, not some meal or throw away possession.
If you haven’t heard of the Yulin Festival, it is a horrible event. So horrible we won’t speak or write of the atrocities. There is plenty of information out there to learn more. Thankfully there are many amazing rescue groups and individuals doing their part to help these dogs, change the culture and hopefully make a difference. We have connections with rescuers in both Shanghai and Beijing.
We work with fabulous rescuer near Shanghai that works with dogs of all kinds and groups all over the U.S. We have offered to help with Goldens and similar breeds such as Flatcoats and Great Pyranes. Here is an update we received from her recently that paints the picture there:
It has been a hectic week. The 4 Goldens from the slaughter trucks in the North arrived. They are in a terrible state but nothing that can't be fixed & nothing serious. Their scars, sores, skin, fur, etc. show immediately that these poor dogs have been through hell and back, but can you believe after everything the 4 of them still have beautiful personalities and are happy to receive a kind touch.
Another golden has just been rescued from a pet shop that keeps over 40 dogs for breeding in two storage units behind their shop. The dogs do not see any daylight, they are fed rotten vegetables, never taken out of the cages, no medical care, etc. Information received is that they are all stolen and then the pet shop uses them to breed, when they have no use for them they let them starve to death and toss them out like trash. My friend could only rescue 2 last night that were tied up outside. One is a Samoyed female in horrid condition, we do not know if she will make it. The Golden is in much better shape (lucky for him, he must have just been recently stolen), and obviously was someone's pet, as he knows basic commands.
Our Shanghai contact has connected us with another in Beijing. There also local activists rescue dogs off trucks headed to slaughter and dogs abandoned for sins such as “eating too much.” We’ve been unable to start this partnership until we can establish sponsorships to help with funding.
South Korea Dogs
We just started working with a rescuer in South Korea in fall of 2017. A good Samaritan connected us with her. Dogs rescued from meat farms living in small cages for their entire lives among mold and rats. Water bowls filled with green water and food bowls with rotten human leftovers. When not penned up, they are chained to a wall. Some freedom! Rescuers trade groceries and liquor. And dogs abandoned can end up in shelters which are even more high-kill than our own.
Here are some pictures of the conditions the South Korea meat dogs are kept in. These are pictures taken when the dogs were rescued.
SCGRR started taking in Golden Retrievers from Istanbul, Turkey on February 14, 2016. There are many homeless dogs in Turkey and not enough room in the shelters for all of them. Because there is no shelter euthanasia and few adoptions in Turkey, dogs either live out their lives in a shelter or are put on the streets or in the forests after they are spayed or neutered and given rabies vaccines. But Golden Retrievers don’t survive well on the streets. They are not good pack animals and won’t fight back, so many are attacked by other dogs and their survival depends on people helping them.
Additional Ways To Help!
We are able to connect passengers traveling from Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing or Istanbul to LAX with our rescue partners to escort these amazing dogs. If you have such travel plans, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org your travel itinerary including airline, dates and times. Please note that depending on location, there are only certain airlines we will work with for dogs.
You might also consider being a foster parent to get to know them even better. To learn more and fill out an application click here!.
Adopting An International Dog!
Our adoption process for International Dogs is the same as it for other Golden Retrievers. Interested adopters should follow SCGRR's regular adoption process. Click here to read our adoption process and to fill out an application. Sponsors are not guaranteed adoption. Adoption fees for International dogs are also higher to help with costs: $1500 per dog