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How much does it cost to adopt?
To get each dog to the USA costs us about $600- $7,000 per dog depending on the dog’s health status and size so we ask that the new homes help cover those costs as much they can which is why there is an adoption cost. While the dog’s debt is much greater than the adoption cost in most cases, we use donations to cover any costs over the adoption cost, in an effort to make adoption more attainable. Typical adoption costs are in the $700 to $900 range but it can vary per dog. This cost includes all of your new pet’s airfare, medical treatments, spay/neuter, vaccinations, health exams, crate to travel in, a pet care package full of supplies and last, your brand new rescue pet. We do not profit one penny off any of our rescues, in fact, we lose money on most. Please also keep in mind there will be food costs and pet insurance so financially, you should plan to have a few hundred per month to spend on your pet’s proper care.
What airports can I pickup from?
LAX is the easiest airport for us to get dogs to due to how popular flights there are. We can occasionally fly to SFO, JFK, SEA or ORD but they are much harder to come across as we rely on people already traveling to take dogs over for us. We do get them but they pop up randomly so all homes in these locations must be able to wait several weeks for a flight to become available. Those able to pick up at LAX usually have first priority as most of our flights land there.
Why do they eat dog in Asia?
Sadly, people consume dog meat just like any other meat, all over the World. Up until last year, it was even legal right here in the USA to raise dogs for human consumption in 44 states. People use dogs as meat in various countries, not just Asia and it is no different than how Americans eat hotdogs or hamburgers, the only difference is our perception of what is right or wrong. As a plant-based couple, my husband and I do not consume meat, dairy or eggs because all animals deserve compassion. From dogs to cows to pigs to chickens, they all deserve to live happily without human abuse.
In many cultures, they do believe that eating dog meat will bring them good health or luck and will even torture the dog before it’s death to raise their adrenaline. They also believe that the more the dog suffers, the more benefits will come from the meat.
How do you get the dogs?
There are no animal welfare laws in most parts of Asia which means there is no punishment for this horrific abuse. It is legal to abuse animals as well as to consume dogs for meat. To slaughter a dog for meat, all butchers must have a health certificate for each animal, proving it has been inspected for disease and is deemed safe to eat. If any dog does not have proper paperwork or documentation, activists or police can take control of the animal for rescuing. Most butchers do not have the proper documentation which is how we are able to take over so many dogs.
Why are there so many Golden Retrievers rescued?
Most of the dogs rescued here have come from homes or dog meat farms, meaning they have been bred for sale or meat and now are in need of rescue. Just like the USA, once dogs grow up and become adult dogs with shedding hair, potty training failures or too much energy, many people will let their dogs loose to the streets, no longer wanting them. It is very common to buy a dog thinking they are cute and calm all without doing any research on what is needed for the animal to thrive. Also, many doctors will tell parents that are expecting babies to get rid of their dogs for health reasons which leads to them kicking them out of the house or sending them to a shelter. This leaves dogs at high risk as butchers will pick up stray dogs from the streets to sell for meat. Because Goldens are popular breeds in Asia and because they are easier to abuse, we do come across hundreds of Goldens in need of rescue. I also own five myself so I feel more comfortable helping out dogs I am educated and experienced with. That being said, we rescue dogs of all sizes, shapes, breeds and eye count as long as we have homes applying and ready for them. If there is a specific dog you are looking to help, simply apply and we will do our best to locate one!
Can I adopt outside of the USA?
Currently, the only country we adopt to outside of the USA is Canada and only to homes that are able to pick the dogs up in the USA from one of our approved airports. Many people will fly into the USA and either fly or drive back. The only issue seems to be finding rental cars that will allow you to cross the Canadian border so many will have friends meet them at the border with their own cars or fly across on airlines like Southwest. We do not handle this aspect of the adoption so it would be on the home to arrange and plan. All that is needed to cross the border is proof of Rabies which all dogs come with. All travel arrangements must be presented and approved before adoption.
Where are your available dogs?
Because we have hundreds and thousands of dogs in need of homes and because dogs are adopted relatively quickly, we do not upload current dogs. Instead, we have each applicant apply listing their desired dog and then, once approved, we will send you dogs we believe you may like. You will be able to decide if you want to adopt the ones we have currently or not. If you want a specific dog, you are more than welcome to apply for it and wait until we find your match. We post all of our dogs onto our social media pages so it’s best to keep an eye out there for adoptable pups!
Are your dogs healthy?
After rescue, every single one of our dogs go directly to one of our partner vets for a full exam and quarantine hold to ensure no illness develops once safe. After an observation period and antibody test, all dogs begin vaccinations and medical treatment if needed. Due to high heat temps, many of our dogs in Korea can be heartworm positive so they will be tested and if positive, treated before leaving. While we do an exam on each dog before leaving again, many infections or illnesses can be hidden so it is advised to see a vet within 24 hours to be safe.
Are all of your dogs dog friendly?
While we do not knowingly adopt out dogs that have behavioral issues, dog relationships are unique and can never be promised, rescued or not. It is entirely up to humans to manage and integrate new members into their current pack. This process can be chaotic so if you do not know how your dog will respond or how to introduce new dogs to one another, it is best to hold off until you are confident in this. Many of our dogs can be fine but then provoked around toys, food or other resources so we can only adopt to experienced homes that understand this integration process. As someone who has added several dogs to our pack, I can say that each relationship has been unique and gone differently. Some can be instant best friends, others can take weeks or months to warm up to one another. All homes must be prepared for either direction! When we do know a dog has behavioral issues, they will go directly to our trainer for boarding and not adopted out until cleared for adoption by a professional.
Do you have hypoallergenic dogs?
Because these dogs are rescued and not bred, there is no way possible for us to guarantee their true breed or your allergic reaction to them. We also do not come across American breed mixes like Doodles over in Asia often. If you need a specific type of dog for allergy purposes, we would not suggest rescuing a dog from the dog meat trade.
Are your dogs good with kids or cats?
Because there are no kids or cats in our shelters, this is not a studied or known scenario and it would be unethical to promise, knowing that anything at any time may spook or startle an animal of any kind, rescued or not. While we do not adopt out dogs with known behavioral issues, these dogs come from very traumatic, neglected and abusive pasts so if you are worried about managing kids or other pets in the home, it is best not to adopt. All of our homes must view these dogs as they are- animals in need of restoration, training, love, and patience. You must also know that dogs are not born knowing right from wrong and that humans are responsible for their relationships with children and pets already in the home. If you do not view your pets as a member of the family and do not understand proper animal and human management/integration, it is best to hold off on adopting a dog from the dog meat trade at this time.
Do I get to choose the dog I adopt?
As long as your priority is to save an abused animal’s life then yes, we like to work with each home to ensure they get a dog that will thrive in their current environment. We are happy to keep an eye out for the right dog for you but we also ask that you be open-minded and willing to help a dog in need more than you want to find the “perfect” dog. We will always ask your desired sex, size, energy level and color but if we have applicants that are too focused on things like color, we may not approve the application as, again, we need the focus to be on helping an animal in need. We can also not promise behavior or energy levels as many dogs come to us shy and reserved but after a few good meals and some love, they come out of their shell to become much more high energy and playful. It is best to enter this process with no other expectations besides restoring a dog’s faith in humans.
What happens once I am approved to adopt?
Once you are approved to adopt, we will then add you to our database. This is a very complex process as we manually will match every single home to the dogs we think that would do best in their home type. We must factor in your home’s layout, yard/no yard, kids/no kids, schedule and much more, in combination with when they are medically cleared to travel and when we find a flight to your area. It is very complex and things can change if the dog’s health changes or a flight changes. International dog rescue is very unreliable as there are so many moving parts to it. Once we know a dog is confirmed healthy, ready to go, matches your needs and has a flight ready, we will be in touch to see if you would like to adopt that dog or not. This can be a very fast process or a very long process so please trust that we will reach out when we have a possible match for you!
What vaccines do your dogs come with?
All of our dogs come with up to date Distemper, Coronavirus, Parvo, Hepatitis, and Rabies vaccinations. Some vets will also give Bordatella and Influenza depending on the location. You do NOT need to give your dogs additional vaccinations once they arrive and all dogs will travel with their vaccination history booklets to present to the vet. To avoid excessive vaccinations, we suggest getting your dog titer tested once a year to see which vaccinations they may need. Many vaccines keep your pets protected for years!
Why can't you fly a dog to my airport?
We have an extensive blog on this topic you can read more about here. While we only fly to select airports for safety reasons, many of our homes pickup from these locations and road trip back. It’s a very easy process to someone determined and a great way to bond with your new pup. We do not arrange transport to your location once the dog lands to the USA so any additional travel arrangements should be made by you. Flying in and renting a SUV to drive back is the most popular option as almost everyone lives within 7 hours from one of our approved airports.
When will I know if I have been approved?
Because international dog rescue is so hectic before we approve homes we must have a dog available that not only fits your request but that is done with their quarantine and medical treatment. Once dogs are finished with treatment, we then have to look for a flight in your area. This can take a lot of time as we rely entirely on volunteers already traveling. Because we have hundreds of applications and dogs in motion, we will be in touch with updates as soon as we have them. We are unable to respond to every email looking for an update and hope you can understand this complex and timely process. Some updates can come instantly, within a week or after months! Just trust that we will be in touch as soon as we can.
Do you adopt to people in apartments or without yards?
Yes, we do, however, we would only match you with a dog we felt could be happy in this environment. All homes will be reviewed on a case by case basis and we will let you know the dog we feel comfortable approving based on your home’s setup and size. If you are someone that leaves for long periods of the day or that is not active, adopting any animal is not advised.
Are your dogs potty trained?
This is another hard question to answer and promise as each dog has a unique history. Some may have been in homes and be potty trained. Others may be off of the streets with no proper education on how to live in a home. Dog’s are not born knowing not to potty inside so prepare to teach or remind them where you would like them to go. Some of our dogs can also come pad trained, it really depends on the dog and their origin so it is best to plan on potty training your dog and then if they already are, it’s a bonus!
Which airlines is best to fly dogs over?
Sadly, the American airlines do not allow dogs from China to travel as baggage so the only airlines we are able to use are the Asian airlines. Some of the best airlines to transport pets on is Hong Kong, Korean, Asiana, Cathay or Eva Airlines. All flights must be direct or have a minimal layover under 2 hours.
Can you find me a dog that does not shed?
We do not adopt our dogs to anyone that has an issue with dog hair. These dogs have been through hell and back so a home worried about dog hair would not be the proper place for them. These dogs are survivors and only belong in homes ready to give them the world.
How much does it cost to own a dog?
All of our homes must be financially secure and able to provide proper care to our dogs. We strongly suggest getting your dog health insurance each month as it is under $100 and will save you from thousands of dollars in medical debt. If you do not have a proper emergency medical treatment plan or budget for their food and supplies each month, it is best to hold off until you do. I would plan to spend between $200 and $400 a month on your dog depending on their size and needs.
How can I help you?
There are various ways to help Bunny’s Buddies as we are very much a community-ran rescue! Please check out our blog on how to help, here.
Can my business get involved somehow?
We partner with various businesses often and we are so grateful for the support! Many businesses will come to us with their ideas on how to help and then simply donate any proceeds on our website directly here. Because we are a 501(c)(3) we can provide any documentation that may be needed, including out EIN#! If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know more about your ideas!