Did you know many rescues rely on importing animals from other states to generate revenue?
Thousands of dogs are imported every year by shelters and rescues. There can be several potential animal welfare issues with importing dogs including:
Importation can be stressful on the animals, especially if they are mixed with other animals they don’t know
Importation can spread diseases – 1,000 Chicago-area dogs were sickened by deadly dog flu after rescuers brought in the disease
The true origin of the animals may be unknown –they could potentially come from puppy mills. Read more from the CDC.
Data provided by shelters to the Illinois Department of Agriculture show that some shelters rely on importation to “supply” themselves with dogs. Here are recent import figures from three major Illinois shelters:
Combined, these three groups bring in over $20 million a year. Trafficking animals is a big business.
Information on this page was obtained from public records.
All animals should be properly cared for. Please take action to learn how you can help strengthen protections for pets in Illinois!