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Dudes & You (Part 2)

To whom it may concern...

Please take the time to read the original message if you have not already.

I'm bringing this back up as a result of the overwhelming amount of phone calls I receive from foreigners who make their intentions clear to "put their pets to sleep" if they can not find homes for them before they have to leave Taiwan.

Firstly, all of us with BARK are animal lovers. That's no secret, and naturally, we do not appreciate phone calls from people who threaten to kill their pets if we do not help them; if we do not take responsibility for their pet upon their departure from Taiwan.

Secondly, we do not believe nor support putting animals to sleep. Besides, that is just a fancy way to tip toe around the harsh reality that "putting a pet to sleep" is nothing short of killing your pet. After all, going to sleep entails that one would later wake up...

Thirdly, we see animals in need daily, and I'm sure most of you witness the same just about every day, too. This said, if we have the choice between saving your pet because you are considering killing him/her, or helping a sick stray, the choice is rather simple, and as mentioned, sick strays are abundant.

It doesn't really matter if you purchased a pet from a pet store, or if you rescued your pet. The bottom line is that owning a pet should be for life.

That being said, we do understand that in some cases, foreigners do face extenuating circumstances which leaves them little choice but to leave their four-legged friends behind. However, in most cases it's just irresponsible pet ownership. We all know that. Few people are willing to fork out money and go through all the paper work in order to bring their pets "home" with them.

To conclude, I have some advice for you. Please remember that your stay in Taiwan will less than likely exceed the lifespan of your pet. Think before you buy a pet. Are you willing and capable of assuming responsibility for an animal considering the cost and efforts involved in taking an animal back to your home country? If not, then maybe you should not buy a pet. Rescue an animal instead and do not consider it your "own" pet. Look at it as if you are just helping an animal in Taiwan and post the animal up for adoption as soon as it is healthy and ready to be re-homed.

It can take over a year to find a home for a fully grown adult mutt. Although you may not realize it, to wait until a few months prior to your departure to start looking for a new home for an animal you rescued can, and most likely will not work out. So if you choose to help a stray, I say good on you, but do not adopt it unless you are sure that you will bring that animal home with you. Re-home "your" pet ASAP, and if it works out, then you can always rescue another one if you like to have a pet at home.

In other words, if you own a pet but do not plan to bring it home with you, then start trying to find it a home at least a year before your departure and be willing to part with your friend early instead of ending up thinking about killing it because you love him/her so much and you would not want to see him/her go back on the street. Do your best to find your pet a home as you would if you had to be on a plane tomorrow.

And remember, you can always foster one of our pets. It’s a great alternative for transient foreigners.

If you need help and information to re-home an animal, do not hesitate to contact us. We can help. We also have heaps of solid information about taking animals to many countries such as Canada, England, Australia, South Africa, and more. It's really not that difficult, by the way, and it's not THAT costly.

Best regards,

Chris
Co-Founder
BARK

 

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