Why rescue Portuguese dogs when there are dogs in the UK that need homes? This is a question we are sometimes asked, so we hope the following information helps explain our approach. To sum it up simply and in one sentence, at DogsnHomes we believe every dog deserves a chance at living a happy and healthy life, regardless of his / her origin.
There are indeed many rescued dogs in the UK looking for loving homes. It is a sad fact that many are abandoned when their owners get bored, have a change in lifestyle, or haven’t thought through the ramifications of dog ownership. Sadder still, many of these dogs have been bought online, from disreputable breeders or puppy farms, a hellish industry where no priority is given to dog welfare and suffering comes as standard.
Fortunately, we live in a country where animals are, on average, treated more humanely than in many others, and there are numerous rescue organisations dedicated to UK dogs. We do sometimes assist our local dog warden and will consider assisting with rehoming if approached by individual dog owners, but the majority of dogs we rescue are from Portugal.
In Portugal, compared to the UK, there are fewer animal welfare rights and protection for dogs; they just aren’t treated with the same level of care and the outlook for an abandoned pup can be bleak. Most of the dogs we rescue are puppies from the south of Portugal, rescued in the Algarve as a result of abandonment. The Algarve is a popular tourist destination, but also an area where stray dogs are commonplace. Unlike in the UK, spaying and neutering are not routine, leading to a higher rate of abandonment of pregnant bitches and litters of puppies, and an uncontrolled stray dog population.
DogsnHomes works with private shelters in the Algarve that try to rescue dogs before they end up in the public shelter system, which can be a tough place for a pup to find themselves with a sad future ahead. We are fortunate to have partnered with dedicated caring people who work tirelessly to socialise and care for the dogs, so they can make the adjustment to life in a UK home. It is thanks to them that our dogs arrive happy and healthy, ready to live the lives they so deserve. We are proud that the pups we bring to the UK are fantastic examples of well-adjusted, happy, healthy dogs. For every dog we place for adoption, we also make a further donation to our partners in Portugal which is used to spay / neuter other dogs, to try and break the endless cycle of unwanted litters in the country.
Additionally, by rescuing dogs from Portugal and offering them for adoption, not only are we rescuing a dog from suffering, but we aim to encourage people in the UK to turn to a rescue organisation, instead of buying from a breeder, or online unwittingly from the puppy mill industry. Puppy farming is a cruel practice that has no place in a civilised society.
We hope this helps to explain why we rescue from abroad. As stated, we acknowledge there are many dogs abandoned in the UK and it would be wonderful if all of them were to find loving homes. Our aim is to encourage more members of the British public to rescue instead of buy from a breeder, and we do this by rescuing in a country where dogs have less of a chance of finding their happy ever afters. Again, we believe every dog deserves a chance at living a happy and healthy life, regardless of where he / she is born.