Abandoned pets in Las Vegas being sent to Canada
Since 2008, Southern Nevada has seen a surge in abandoned and surrendered animals that people just can't afford anymore.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Since 2008, Southern Nevada has seen a surge in abandoned and surrendered animals that people just can't afford anymore.
Our shelters have been pushed to their limits and unfortunately, thousands of these former pets must still be put down every year. But there is a little hope.
Shelter dogs on their way to being euthanized have found a new path and new homes in British Columbia.
"Sometimes you have to think outside of the box when you're talking about adopting animals out," said Executive Director of Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. Everett Croxson.
Or outside the country. The local organization Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. is working with the Animal Foundation to meet a growing need in Canada.
"We ship up to 8 to 16 dogs per week. Sometimes they barely get off the plane and they're adopted," said Croxson.
On one of F.U.P.I. pickups it was obvious what size and breed is most wanted up North.
"There are several communities in this country and Canada where small dogs are a shortage," said Andy Bischel of the Animal Foundation.
And they've got plenty to give. Sixty percent of all the Animal Foundation's intake is either Pit bull or Chihuahua.
Once the dogs leave the Animal Foundation, they're immediately taken to the vet to get a health certificate to get across the border. They'll spend one night in Las Vegas before catching an early flight to Canada.
The program, which started in June 2011 has saved 489 dogs in Clark County. It's a small but significant improvement. Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc. hopes to expand the program to the East Coast of Canada and possibly double that number.