Adopting dogs from abroad
We are seeing increasing numbers of dogs being registered having been imported from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. It is very understandable for us all to want to help these dogs by giving them a loving home, given the appalling conditions they have often come from and, in many cases, this can be hugely rewarding. However, rescuing any dog comes with challenges but this can particularly be the case with pets from abroad.
Many rescue dogs have spent their lives in kennels or on the streets, so they may arrive frightened and poorly socialised. This can result in nervousness, aggression and separation anxiety problems. Imported dogs may have already been infected with diseases such as heartworm or Leishmania which can result in significant ongoing vet bills as well as risking introducing these diseases into the UK. We're not saying you shouldn't rescue a dog from abroad, but we do recommend that you go into it having weighed up all the pros and cons.
A more detailed consideration of this topic is available in our blog at https://alphapet.co.uk/blog/2018/12/10/adopting-pets-from-abroad/