IFAW and North Shore Animal League America team up to rescue 30 dogs from shelter in China and re-home them in the United States

Thursday, May 26, 2005
Yarmouth Port, MA
IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare- www.ifaw.org) and the North Shore Animal League (NSALA - www.nsalamerica.org) have teamed up to rescue and transport 30 dogs from a shelter in China to new homes in the United States.
The dogs are being moved from the Beijing Human and Animal Environmental Education Center (BHAEEC) in China to the NSALA facilities in Port Washington, NY, to provide an immediate solution to overcrowding faced by dog shelters in China and to find permanent homes for the dogs in the United States.

The dogs will be cared for by an IFAW veterinarian and flown to the United States from Beijing. They will be housed and cared for at the NSALA facilities in Port Washington, NY, until they are adopted.

Currently, there is an issue with dog overcrowding at the BHAEEC shelter – the main shelter in Beijing. Most of the dogs cannot be legally re-homed in Beijing due to local size and breed restrictions and strict dog ownership regulations. Shelter officials contacted IFAW to help provide an immediate solution to this urgent problem and to re-home the dogs to a U.S. shelter that was willing and able to provide immediate homes for them.

 “IFAW is fortunate to have a relationship with NSALA,  which has a great track record in dog adoptions and which agreed to work closely with us to implement this unique project and find good homes for the Beijing dogs,” said Cindy Milburn, IFAW’s Director, Animals in Crisis & Distress Program.

While addressing this immediate problem, IFAW is also working on long-term solutions with government officials in China to update their current laws to allow for a broader range of licensable breeds, thus making dog ownership easier. In addition, IFAW is currently working to open a new dog adoption center in Beijing.

The types of dogs being re-homed to the U.S., such as dalmatians, German shepherds and basset hounds, are mostly on the banned-breed list in China. Coincidentally, these types of dogs are very popular in the U.S. and should find new homes quickly.

“NSALA welcomes the opportunity to assist IFAW on this project because going the extra mile for a pet in need is always a worthwhile endeavor, and is at the heart of our mission,” said NSALA’s president, John Stevenson. “We know that dog overpopulation is a global issue we all share and by working together we can save more lives. We look forward to a happy ending to the story for these deserving animals and we will adhere to our stringent adoption standards to find them the best homes possible.”

Anyone interested in adopting a Beijing dog should contact the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY, by calling 516-883-7575 or visiting the NSALA web site at www.nsalamerica.org.

To support and learn more about IFAW’s animal welfare initiatives in China and other programs throughout the world, visit IFAW’s web site at www.ifaw.org.

About North Shore Animal League America
North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill pet rescue and adoption organization. Since 1944, North Shore Animal Rescue League America has rescued and found homes for nearly 1 million dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

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