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International Partner Rescue Programme

Soi Dog Foundation’s International Partner Rescue Programme collaborates with dog rescue organisations in the United States and Canada in an effort to rehome defenceless dogs rescued from the streets of Thailand.

In July 2022 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the revision of the import ban implemented in July 2021 which banned the entry of dogs from 113 countries, including Thailand.

Dogs once again have the freedom to fly to the USA!!

The ban which was first announced on June 14 2021, took effect a month later. It dealt a swift and heavy blow to our adoption and partner rescue programme which had seen over 700 dogs find homes in the USA in the three-and-a-half years prior.

The CDC cited concerns over rabies as its rationale for the ban. As an organisation with a core goal to eliminate rabies, we appreciate those concerns but strongly believe they do not justify an outright ban, particularly when there are other disease control measures that can be put in place - namely titer testing - to protect humans and animals against rabies while continuing to allow dogs to enter rabies-free territories. This was the crux of our communication with the CDC’s Chief of Quarantine and Border Health Services which thousands upon thousands of our supporters kindly supported. Many people also wrote personal heartfelt pleas to the CDC.

In addition we joined forces with the Massachusetts based Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue and ten other rescue organisations across the USA, and submitted a formal rulemaking petition to both the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC – the start of an official legal process to challenge the ban.

Our voices were heard and, less than a year after it was implemented, the ban was revised to include the measures we suggested and allow the safe import of healthy dogs into the USA again. Hundreds of soi dogs now have renewed hope of a future and a family.

We are so grateful to everyone who stood up for the innocent dogs affected by the ban. Its successful revision shows just how much power there is in our collective voice.

They say as one door closes, another opens. Sadly, for international adoptions we’ve found the opposite to be true.

Just as the door to the USA opened, the door to Canada slammed shut.

On Jun 28, 2022, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a similar import ban on dogs entering Canada for the same reason and from the same 113 countries. The ban will come into force on September 28, 2022 – World Rabies Day.

You can help by engaging with your local Member of Parliament if you are in Canada, registering your objections with the CFIA by letter, phone or email and sending a tweet to the CFIA. To have your voice heard, and to help rescue dogs continue to find loving homes in Canada, visit our guide here.

With a sense of déjà vu, an even stronger sense of determination and your support, we are doing everything we can to urge the CFIA to revise the ban and implement the same common-sense disease control measures that the USA put in place last month and that hundreds of countries around the world have had in place for many years.

In animal welfare, it often feels like we are up against one crisis after another. However, with supporters as dedicated as you by our side, there is always hope. Together we helped revise the ban in the USA, and together we can achieve the same in Canada too.

Stay with us.

 

 

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