We all know there are many irresponsible pet owners that when they foreclose on their homes or when they simply move away they leave their pets behind to their own luck. Some pets get rescued, enter a shelter and eventually get adopted. Others not so lucky get euthanized or worse, die a lonely and painful death abandoned in what was once their home. Abandoned dogs in Las Vegas are finding a new lease in life by becoming Canadian dog-residents.
Las Vegas is one of the top cities with the most foreclosure homes, and with this comes an influx of abandoned pets. Most of the evicted animals end up in Las Vegas’ Lied Animal Shelter. On an average day, 117 dogs and cats enter the shelter, leaving the organization with no other option but to euthanize about 65 pets each day.
The good news is that an organization called Foreclosed Upon Pets International (FUPI) is saving some of these pets. FUPI has have found loving homes for more 1,000 abandoned Las Vegas Dogs.
Canadian residents are looking pets, but there is a shortage of pets in the country, therefore American shelter dogs are being exported up north.
Everett Croxson, executive director of FUPI started the emigration program in 2008. He hoped to find homes for foreclosure-displaced animals and he teamed up with Petcetera, a Canadian pet store chain similar to PetCo in the U.S.
The economy in Canada is a lot more stable and this allows Canadians to afford proper pet care.
FUPI fly the homeless dogs to Vancouver, and Petcetera places them for adoption through the chain’s 18 big-box stores.
The cost to adopt a FUPI dog through Petcetera is $500 (U.S.) and that includes the costs of the animals’ transportation, spaying or neutering, shots, health certificate, care and boarding at Petcetera.
So far more than 1,000 American dogs have moved and settled in Canada through this program. Canada might be a colder place for the pets, but it is there where they have found the love and care they deserve.