This Dog Spent Years Chained Up & Starving. Then Her Luck Changed!

Elena Before & After Adoption

You may not have thought about it before, but did you know that it’s possible to adopt a dog from another country? Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can help give a dog from across the world a loving new home. 

Meet Elena

Elena was born in Azerbaijan. This little pup spent most of her early life on a very short chain, tied to a house, and left outdoors in all kinds of weather. Her constant howling prompted her superstitious family to abandon her on the streets where she gave birth to puppies. Sadly, none of them survived, leaving Elena alone again.

Fortunately, Farid and his team of rescuers from Good World Animal Rescue and Protection Organization were notified, and they found and rescued Elena! 

With tons of love, care, and help from Cuddly fundraisers, Farid, and his team gave this sweet pooch the love that she needed. After her recovery, she was sent to a foster home in Chicago, and from there she found a wonderful and loving home with two little girls to give her lots of pampering.

Elena on Cuddly website

Today, Elena lives a charmed and amazing life. With the help of organizations like Farid’s, countless pups like Elena have found amazing homes around the world.

How to Adopt a Dog from Another Country

Elena’s lesson is all about global love. There are plenty of organizations that help pups around the world find loving new homes. Some of these organizations will cover the cost for you. In other cases, you may need to cover these expenses yourself. Either way, it is so worth considering adopting a dog internationally.

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How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Dog From Another Country?

If the organization you have chosen does not cover the fees, you can expect to pay $250–$1,000. In addition to these fees, you’ll also want to thoroughly research the organization you choose to work with. (The CDC offers a great guide for knowing which organizations are trustworthy.)

Risks of Adopting Overseas Dogs What To Watch Out For
Scams-Sending a different age, sex, color, or breed of dog than the one promised
-Telling fake stories about the dog’s background
-Sending photos of dogs that are different than the one they ship
-Misrepresenting the dog’s health and sending falsified health or vaccination records with the dog
Inhumane treatmentMany unethical organizations raise dogs in inhumane conditions to make money on adoptions.
DiseaseIn many countries, dogs aren’t routinely vaccinated for rabies. Also, Dogs often roam freely in their communities and come into contact with unvaccinated and unhealthy dogs that makes them more to be exposed to diseases, that can be deadly to people, dogs, and other animals.

The Pros & Cons of Adopting Dogs Internationally

Adopting dogs from abroad is almost always a net positive, but there are some important factors to consider before you make your final decision. 

First, it’s important to consider whether you could have a greater impact by adopting locally. Many states have an excess of adoptable animals, so much so that dogs are shipped to other states in an effort to find them homes. If you live in one of these areas, you might want to consider a local adoption. 

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It’s also important to note that adopting a dog from a bad situation abroad does nothing to address the situation itself. If you choose to adopt an international dog, you should also look into how you can support local efforts to improve animal welfare and human circumstances. 

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