We’re Bringing Them Home!

SeaTac Flight 12/15/14

Since mid-April of this year, GBR began bringing goldens (and the occasional lab) from Taiwan. To date, 52 lucky dogs have found new homes in Oregon and SW Washington. On 12/15/14, that number will increase by six when BoBo, Amber, Abby, Bona, Bentley, and Jack arrive at SeaTac International Airport. Taking the dogs in from Taiwan has been surprisingly free of difficulties. Before the dogs come to the U.S.A., they are tested (and treated, if needed) for heartworm and tick borne diseases. They are also neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. A few of them have come needing extra medical help, e.g. skin and ear infections, bad joints, lumps removed and analysed, etc.

Bona in hay stackThe majority of dogs sent to GBR have been rescued off the streets of Taipei or out of its horrendous shelters. After reviewing the “before” pictures of some of these dogs, we wonder how they survive long enough to come to Oregon. Here are before and after pictures of Bona (6 year old female), who was found hiding in a haystack starving and riddled with fleas. BonaShe still has a ways to go before being ready to find her forever home. She has a large bulbous growth on one of her front feet, which we’re hoping a GBR surgeon can remove.

Most of the Taiwan dogs when they arrive are “good to go” so we try to place them directly into approved adopters’ homes as foster-to-adopt dogs. Those adopters who take in the dogs agree to care for them with the understanding that once GBR is comfortable (2-3 weeks generally) that there are no “hidden” ailments, they (adopters) have first chance at adoption.

A bit about the other dogs coming on the 15th: Abby is a 2-3 month old mix golden puppy; Bentley is a 5-7 year old male; BoBo is a 6 year old female; jack is a 3-4 year old male white lab; and Amber is a 6 year old female.

If you’d like to know more about our Bring Them Home project, continue reading the information below.


The Beginning

A few months ago, we were searching the web and came across a site belonging to a rescue group (non-golden) who had recently begun bringing rescued dogs to the U.S. from Taiwan. Further searching revealed that a couple of golden retriever rescues in California had been bringing in Taiwanese goldens off and on for a few years.

GBR teamed up with Seattle-based Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue to try to locate a contact in Taiwan. Unfortunately, the California rescues were not very forthcoming with their Taiwan contact but with perseverance, one was found and a conversation started. The process of communicating has been interesting because they speak a little English and we speak zero Chinese.

On Tuesday, April 15th, GBR and Evergreen will meet a flight from Taiwan carrying six dogs: Gary, Cola, Minnie, Sindy, Donna, and Lady. Lady will stay with Evergreen and the other five will spend the night in a luxurious Motel 6 in Fife, WA with four GBR volunteers. Bright and early the next day, the dogs will be transported to foster homes in the Portland area, Eugene and Roseburg. You can read a short bio on each dog and see a picture by clicking on their individual names.

Why Go Outside Oregon/Washington or Even Outside The Country?

That’s a good question and we’re glad you asked. There are two reasons: 1) GBR is dedicated to rescuing goldens and golden mixes no matter where they are and 2) we have a waiting list of 30-40 approved applicants waiting to adopt a GBR dog.

We have spent years establishing a great working relationship with Oregon, Washington and Idaho shelters, as well as the Oregon Humane Society. Frequently, these establishments will contact GBR asking us if we can take a sick or injured golden, puppy mill goldens, or help free up kennel space by taking a stray golden. We also have a dedicated volunteer who daily scans Oregon’s and Washinton’s Craiglists for posted goldens. Lastly, if an owner contacts us about taking in their golden, we never turn a dog down unless it has a history of aggression toward people.

But Why Taiwan?

Another excellent question. Taiwan is a densely-populated country with very small living quarters. The “Dog Fad” has erupted there with cute little puppies being in high demand. There is a high desire for puppies of large breed dogs and little to no interest in rescuing existing dogs, especially street dogs. When folks find that living in close quarters with a dog isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, the dogs either go the ‘asylum,’ (Taiwanese terminology for a shelter) where they’re routinely euthanized after seven days, or they get turned out on the streets. Our rescue counterparts in Taiwan are primarily focused on the street dogs and rescuing them from the horrific conditions they have been subjected to in their lives. Some dogs find their homes in Taiwan, but overwhelmingly the large breed dogs are overlooked and the rescuers are left with few options.

Big dog breeds, such as golden retrievers and Labradors, are the main victims in this recent wave of dog abandonment. Tallies compiled by Taipei City’s Environmental Protection Department, which is responsible for handling stray dogs, show that the highest number of abandoned canines were captured in the Shihlin and Beitou districts, adjacent to Yangmingshan National Park, a recreation area in Northern Taiwan. The park has become a popular dumping ground because dog owners believe its vast wooded environment is suitable for dogs to find food, take shelter and survive on their own. It is estimated that there are more than 300 or 400 stray dogs roaming within the park at any given time. They survive on food and snacks left by visitors as well as small wild animals, such as snakes and mice. Those abandoned in the cities scavenge for kitchen scraps at dumpsters outside the city’s many restaurants.

Take a look at your golden – can you imagine him or her wandering the streets of Taipei looking for a scrap to eat? We can’t, that’s why where there are goldens in need, GBR will be there!

How Can You Help?

Easy Peazy: DONATE! It’s as simple as taking out your checkbook, writing a check and sending it to: Golden Bond Rescue, P.O. Box 25391, Portland, OR 97298 or donate online by clicking here. Indicate that it’s to help “GBR’s Taiwanese Dogs.”

We hope this will be the first in a number of goldens we will bring to Oregon from Taiwan. These dogs are indeed very Fortunate Cookies!