“Humane” Relocation/Dog Trafficking

Policy Statement: "Humane Relocation/Dog Trafficking"

Rescue transport, “humane relocation,” or simply dog trafficking is the practice of rescues and shelters shipping dogs for adoption from regions where there is a surplus of dogs (other states, territories, or countries) into areas where there the problem of dog overpopulation has been largely solved. In theory, and on its surface, rescue transport may seem like a practical solution to the problem of surplus dogs. Under closer inspection and in practice, however, rescue transport has proven to be a way of transporting unknown dogs that often harbor contagious illnesses or parasites, health issues, and/or aggressive behavior, without accountability and without solving the issue of surplus dogs at its source.

NAIA has long opposed the practice of unfettered “humane relocation” as irresponsible, inhumane, and dangerous to the health and safety of both people and pets. At best it is well-intentioned but reckless, at its worst, it represents an inhumane and potentially lethal combination of cynicism and greed.

NAIA strongly supports responsible pet rescue and community-based programs focusing on education, sensible regulations, and enforcement as a proven means of solving problems related to surplus dogs and dog retention. We believe responsible rescuers have played the key role in solving pet overpopulation in many regions of the United States; they serve as both inspirations and models for the tireless work they have done — and continue to do.

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