Rescued Quatari puppy becomes canine expat in Chicago

Published:  7 Jul at 6 PM
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A four-month old puppy rescued from a Qatar building site by an expat American animal rescue volunteer is now safe in a Chicago dog shelter.

Good news coming out of Qatar at present is a rarity, as is any news about expat efforts overseas to help homeless and maltreated animals, whether they are dogs, cats or more exotic species. The reality is that a large number of expatriates living and working overseas are more likely than not to be involved in volunteer organisations set up to help those who can’t help themselves.

Oli, the puppy featured in several online articles, is just one lucky dog who’s emigrated with expat help to a country where he’ll find caring humans willing to give him a loving home. Oli’s story begins in Doha, on a building site similar to building sites in many expat destinations, where stray and abandoned dogs gather for shelter and the scraps of food left by workers.

The Gulf Canine Connection volunteers who rescued him didn’t know what he’d been through on the site but, by his present age of four months it seems he might have been born there. The animal rescue group was founded by an American expat in Qatar, and an American law professor working in Doha had taken care of Oli until his flight to the USA could be arranged.

The cute Saluki-mix pup spent 15 hours on the flight between Doha and Chicago and was met by members of the city’s Peoples Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). He had company on his journey, as two more lucky rescued street dogs were heading for the USA, one who’d already been adopted and another bound for an Indiana animal welfare group. Oli is the first expat puppy PAWS has taken, but he won’t be the last.

Once he’d arrived at the shelter the day before America's annual Independence celebrations, he was given his first meal, water and several dog treats, all of which were much appreciated. His first night on American soil was in a volunteer’s home, in case he was frightened by the Fourth of July fireworks. He’ll stay in his foster home until he’s adopted.

Vice-president of PAWS Vicky Dean told local media there’s a new, international trend in animal rescue worldwide, with the internet and social media playing a huge part in rescuing dogs across all borders and Western expats getting involved with local shelters across the Middle East and Asia. According to Dean, it doesn’t matter where the volunteers are living, it’s the cause and the dogs themselves that’s important.

Source: Chicago Tribune
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