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Spotlight on nonprofits: Grass Valley woman teams up with Taiwan group in dog rescue

As a child growing up in the Midwest before leash laws and fences, I was always bringing dogs home from the neighborhood, and finally kept one at age 7.

My father would take me to dog shows where I fell in love with an Irish Setter, and by age 10, I announced I would not have a family but would raise Irish Setters!

As an adult, I adopted my first shelter dog, who lived to be 17. At that time, I became involved with the fledgling Pets In Need adoption in Palo Alto area. I fostered dogs, took them to obedience classes and helped find homes for them. Eventually, I became the second president of PIN and watched it grow to be a hugely successful nonprofit.

By 1983, I decided to follow my heart and formed All About Dogs, a professional dog training business, after learning from the best trainers in the area.

In addition, I have been working with several nonprofit dog adoption groups, such as the local Scooter’s Pals and Chow Chow Rescue, fostering dogs and assisting in adoptions.

Recently, I became acquainted with an amazing rescue group called Taiwan Universal Animal Protection Association. Run entirely by volunteers, TUAPA has 1,000 dogs in a facility on a mountain in Taiwan. Members’ purpose is to gather stray dogs off the streets, house them in their facility, spay or neuter, and provide necessary medical care.

They either return the dogs to the streets, keep them at the facility or send the most adoptable animals to Canada, Germany and the United States.

Large dogs have a difficult time getting adopted in Taiwan, because people have so little room. I was so moved by TUAPA’s work that I agreed to bring larger, mixed-breed dogs to California for adoption.

Just four weeks ago, my first three dogs arrived in San Francisco after spending 24 hours flying in crates from Taiwan. The dogs, two 5-month-old male brothers and a 5-year-old male, joined my four dogs and blended in immediately.

These dogs are extraordinarily calm, friendly, social, loving and well-adjusted. After talking with members of other rescue groups that also bring in TUAPA dogs, I found we all agree these dogs are special, possibly due to their having lived by their wits on the streets of Taiwan, where they learned to get along with dogs and people for survival.

These dogs are about ready for adoption into forever homes – as much as I regret seeing them move on! They are learning manners and commands in English, as they’ve never had their own home or their own person. They absolutely love my other dogs, living in a home, getting lots of hugs and living with all the comforts they never knew before.

To adopt one of these bright and loving animals, call (530) 477-2555.

Jan Kase of Grass Valley is a certified pet dog trainer and dog behavior consultant who runs the training business All About Dogs.

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