I recently read an article by Jennifer Graham in the Boston Globe titled, “Leave your Jackal-Dogs in Carolina. It illustrates the ways in which southern rescues are tainting the New England landscape with “ugly” dogs, “snouty brown mutts” to be exact. The article can be seen via the following link:
The article really had me reeling, and, in an attempt at clarification, I wrote to Ms. Graham and the Boston Globe, in hopes of getting some enlightenment. In an open letter I wrote:
Dear Ms. Graham:
I have worked in rescue for a number of years and I was recently sent your article titled “Keep Your Jackal-Dogs in Carolina.” At first blush I thought it an archaic and uninformed, if not ignorant view of animal rescue, so, I read it again in hopes I missed something. Surely, an informed journalist would have done some research on the topic before penning a column of this length for the Globe. No, I was right, it really did state over and over that we just don’t want these “ugly” dogs in New England, Mass in particular. Really? They’re just too ugly to be part of the New England aesthetic? Feral jackal dogs needing extermination in New England?
In any event, no harm no foul. We adopt hundreds of dogs into New England, we have found that if a person wants a dog, they will find one….no matter how far they must travel, and no matter the price. So, my question to you is, is it better a person purchase a pretty dog from a breeder or adopt a rescue “jackal” dog from the south? I’ve attached some photos of our jackals…..you may recognize some of them. First, we have the German Wirehaired Pointer Jackal, second the Yellow Labrador Jackals, followed by the Rottweiler Jackal and finally, the English Bull Jackal.
In the interest of due diligence, my rescue, a cooperative of 10 southern rescues, adopts by the book. We transport dogs to several states, not including MA. If a MA adopter wants a dog, they will pick up their new pal in New Hampshire, after a 48 hour quarantine, at a well-established 24 hour vet hospital, and they do, by the droves. In fact, the lion’s share of our adoptions come from your lovely state. Our dogs travel with Health Certificates, provided by southern veterinarians before they travel the 24 hours north. Our puppies, have 3-4 sets of “puppy” shots before they travel. In addition, our pups are spayed and neutered before transport, many are also microchipped.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have about animal adoption and rescue.
Very truly yours,
Unfortunately, I have received no response from either Ms. Graham or the Globe. So, I’m still left with the question, is it possible that people REALLY have this primitive view about rescue dogs and animal adoption as a whole? Are folks really concerned with aesthetics and not the overwhelming use of euthanasia as the answer to over population in the south? Humanity?