There are always more dogs needing to be rescued, more Golden Retrievers that need to be saved, so many pups deserving a second chance at a life filled with joy and love. We need your support to help us continue to do important work to help Golden Retrievers overseas.
Sadly, the CDC continues its ban on allowing dogs into the United States from 131 countries, including China and Turkey. Because of this ban, SCGRRescue continues to concentrate all our efforts in South Korea. In South Korea, we can still make a difference in the lives of dogs. In South Korea, we can still prevent horrendous cruelty, neglect, pain and suffering.
So far this year we have saved 12 dogs in need from South Korea and, unfortunately, we have already depleted our international funds. We need your help! We do not want to say no to any Golden Retriever in need, but we need the funding in place to say yes at a moment’s notice. Last year, with the generous support of passionate followers, we were able to save 30 dogs from South Korea as well as 10 from China before the CDC ban started.
Our rescue partners in South Korea are constantly scanning shelters for Goldens. The dogs in shelters don’t last long if not adopted. When large dogs like Golden Retrievers don’t get adopted right away - they can end up euthanized or shipped off to a meat farm and we all know that is a fate worse than death.
Kija was one super lucky Golden Retriever. At 9 years old he had two strikes against him: a large dog and a senior. By some miracle he had survived the shelter for a year and a half when he was finally rescued.
Our rescue partners are also always looking out for meat farms, dogs on the streets and many times decisions need to be made on the spot. We do not ever want to hesitate when a life is at stake.
The cost of international rescue is expensive but worth every penny. When a dog is rescued in South Korea, they will have a minimum stay of 30 days due to vaccine requirements prior to entering the U.S. During this time the rescued dogs will stay in boarding (fosters are extremely hard to come by in S Korea) and will visit the vet for examinations, lab work, testing for specific diseases, vaccines, and any medical treatment needed. Many dogs have heartworm and we treat them for that prior to travel which can make their stay longer. We do our best to prevent heartworm from coming to SoCal as we are a low heartworm state. All of this adds up. Between "on the ground" rescue and travel costs, SCGRRescue spends an average of $3,000 for each dog. And that is just to get them to Southern California. Once they arrive, there is often even more medical support needed.
Last year, due to your generosity we were able to save and make a difference in the lives of 40 dogs. Would you consider saving more lives in 2022? Please help fund our "International Just Say Yes" fund so we can give at minimum 10 more dogs the hope of a wonderous life versus a miserable fate.