What started as one of those many “let’s throw it away cause it’s not a puppy anymore” stories has had a very happy ending - at least for one dog. After being abandoned, hit by a car, and then threatened with life in a cage in a crazy woman’s animal prison, XiaoBai is now chasing rabbits over expanses of green grass during long walks in Minnesota.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Eric, without whose experience, selflessness, and insansely generous help I don’t believe this could’ve been accomplished. XiaoBai is just one of many dogs he’s helped to find better lives in the US, and he is currently working on getting another dog, Nemo the blind puppy, placed in a caring and lifelong home. Please, if anyone knows of a family in the states who would like to adopt Nemo, let Eric know! I will also be doing my best and asking around once I get back to Minnesota.
I would also like to say to all you foreigners who are thinking of heading back home without the animal you adopted (or, shudder, bought) here, DON’T DO IT. It’s a pretty simple procedure, once you know what’s entailed, and even if you yourself cannot keep the animal, it is MUCH EASIER to find a good home for it there than it is here. For instance, there are at least three people fighting over XiaoBai right now and she’s been in the states for only a week (apparently Tu Guos are considered “exotic” in Minnesota!), compared to the three months I looked for a good home for her here in Taiwan without success.
And the massively rewarding feeling you’ll get after it’s all accomplished is undoubtedly better than the huge amount of guilt you’d have to live with if you left your animal to an uncertain future in Taiwan.