NESTLED INTO THE HILLS above Inistioge, County Kilkenny, is Brenda Stone's Puppy Rescue where you can find a dog (or cat) of your dreams. And if you need a passport for you new love, there might be one for the taking. The Chinese have generated passports for selected animals being resettled in the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY. Gothamist reports these dogs were in a crowded Beijing animal shelter and the International Fund for Animal Welfare decided to step in, saying that the Beijing shelter had "more dogs in the shelter than they can adopt out."
IrishEyes has a Chinese correspondent (Hao Yuan Wei) who confirms that certain breeds of dogs are illegal for ownership in China. For example, all dogs standing taller than six inches high are considered contraband.
It's not an easy life being paw-printed, caged, and shipped in a cage for more than a day. Yet that kind of treatment is preferable to being put to sleep--a fate facing more than 85 dogs each week in Ireland.
If you're inclined to offer a hound a home, why not look at what's already barking for love on IrishAnimals.ie? My life was once filled with the sound of four strays (now three, since one died of old age). The experience of adopting pets has told me a lot about the "convenience factor" surrounding animals that has crept into everyday Irish living. Many animals happen into homes without a hope for a loving life. THen they're turfed out at the first family holiday and left for the dog catcher or worse.