Connecticut Becoming a Haven for Southern Rescue Dogs

A rescue group here has brought in hundreds of dogs from southern states that might otherwise be put to death.


Connecticut has taken in hundreds of rescue dogs from the South, thanks to animal groups operating in this state.

The Rescue Dog Village is just one organization here in Connecticut, and part of a growing trend, that is helping to save the lives of dogs from out of state that would otherwise be euthanized, according to a report in the Connecticut Post.

However, some in-state rescue groups, such as the Animal Rescue Foundation, question the need to rescue out-of-state dogs when there are so many in Connecticut that need help. 

"People think when they're adopting a dog from down South they're doing a greater good," Nicole Cammack, one of the directors of Animal Rescue Foundation in Terryville that has 20 dogs, told the Post. "It really does hurt us. People don't realize that," she said. "It's important to fix the problem at home (in Connecticut). There's a homeless animal epidemic."

Semi Happy Resident January 22, 2013 at 02:37 AM
My husband and I rescued a dog from the south a few months ago and it was not by choice since we needed to drive out of state to get the dog. We were looking for a smaller dog (sheltie size) and at the time we were looking, all the dogs we saw in CT were either pit bulls or larger sized dogs. A friend of mine is having the same issue in getting a dog weighing approx 10 pounds that they need due to physical issues. They would love to get one in CT but can't find any in their local shelters or even on Pet Finder. We would have preferred getting a local dog but the type we were looking for were not available at the time. We ended up with a mix breed that we love to death and glad we drove to another state. I do have mixed feelings about bringing Southern dogs to CT due to wanting to find homes for the CT dogs first and foremost. Since we needed to go elsewhere for ours, I am not sure if there is a good answer to solve the issue of finding homes for CT dogs and meeting the needs of the public looking for a new addition to their family. If any CT dog rescue group has a female springer spaniel or simular type dog that is aprox 2 or more years old, housebroken and likes other dogs please post your contact info so I can have my friend contact your organization.


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