Importation of pets into areas that are still euthanizing is a disgusting program. Taking homes away from the local shelter animals to provide a "service" of providing cute little fluffy dogs to compete with breeders is immoral. Yet the Whino condones it.
This is nothing more than cherry picking shelters. What does that do? It leaves the big black dogs and the pit bulls, which the public doesn't want, and thus more euthanasia. The animals selected for the "underground railroad" are not the ones that need rescuing, quite the contrary. They are selected to compete with purebreds. The typical excuse for this is that if they don't bring in these dogs then people will turn to the breeders. If the people don't understand why they shouldn't turn to breeders, then education is in order, not providing these people with cheap purebreds. When the public goes to the shelter and isn't seeing a selection of "adoptable" dogs because they have been cherry picked by these rescues, then the public ends up at Petsmart instead. It all leads to one thing, the Whino generates business for rescues and it ends up with the shelters having to euthanize. Then the Whino can complain about it when all along he is creating the euthanization.
Seattle Humane Society is a good example. The pictures of their imported products show the very dogs that get adopted out of shelters, not the ones that will surely be euthanized. Seattle Humane is bringing in dogs from all over and then yelling the loudest about the euthanasia at the King County shelters. Is that not a bunch of bullshit? Seattle Humane is more guilty of killing than the shelter is because they took homes from the shelter animals. And they are doing it quite often. When I called Barnette on it, she responded that it was because the King Shelter had distemper and they didn't want to take animals out. What a liar!! SHS has continued to import dogs even though there is no distemper at the shelter. What is her excuse now?
Winograd supports this unethical practice. So the blood of those animals who lose their lives because of this is on his hands, along with the ones in Philly, Rancho and god only knows where else. Even his buddy Mike Fry has come out against this. Didn't bother to take a stand until they parked a load of dogs on his doorstep. And let's not even talk about bringing in diseases to an area that may not have problems with a particular disease. This did happen when a rescuer I talked with personally in Seattle tried several years ago to do. She said she never considered doing it again after her vet jumped her for bringing in dogs infested with problems not prevalent for Seattle.
I am all for this program only if the area is not euthanizing for time and space. Since all areas are still having to euthanize for time and space, this program disgusts me. Just another bunch of "saviors" following personal agendas that are killing animals just as much as the shelters are having to do.