Well, first I must say that I agree with Stray Dog about sending dogs to other countries. On the other hand, our group, TaichungPAWS.org has sent many happy dogs to homes in the USA, Canada, and Germany. Usually they are special cases that someone in the other country has already requested. For example, the labrador rescue group will try to accept that breed from anywhere in the world.
I wish that Taiwan could take care of its own animal problem and we are working with the next generation towards that goal. Education is the key.
About transporting dogs, last summer I took 2 beagles to the Seattle Beagle Rescue group. They saw pictures of of these 2 beagles on our website and requested them. In fact, one of the beagles was an older, chubby, “unadoptable” dog that had lived most of her life at the “ai xin mama” shelter. But when they saw her picture, they demanded that we send her along with the other beagle.
I flew through Seoul, Korea, on Asiana Airlines. They took amazing care of the 2 dogs and they came out looking better and in better spirits than ME! They came out about 15 minutes after I arrived. I had to deliver the paperwork in the animal quarantine before going through baggage claim, but I still got out there before the non-citizens on my flight. The rescue group had 2 volunteers waiting… with pictures of me… so they found me. They had leashes and they immediately took care of the dogs as if they were their own dogs. I felt completely comfortable with the 2 ladies, just like old animal rescue friends.
Overall, it was an easy process and prepared me for the day when I take my own cats back to the USA.
The only question I have for you is about changing planes. Baggage claim is usually outside of security and you will need a bit of time to change planes. Make sure you get a map and understand where you will be in the airport, where the dogs will come out (yours and theirs) and where you all need to be in what amount of time. You don’t need to add any stress to that trip because security in airports these days adds enough stress!