55 Jamaican brown dogs get visas!

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jamaican-brown-dog.jpgIt's definitely a dogs world.

Fifty-five Jamaican dogs, from two locally based animal rights organizations, have been re-homed to families abroad since the start of 2015.

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) has successfully helped the dogs to migrate, with the bulk of dogs finding new homes abroad facilitated through the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"The vast majority of the dogs who find homes abroad are street dogs that didn't have homes and in many cases were disabled or mistreated, having broken limbs and missing bits," said Tammy Browne of the Montego Bay Animal Haven.

"Several times during the year foreigners visit Jamaica with their sole objective being to rescue a dog," added Browne.

According to Browne her organization, which caters almost exclusively to dogs in need of care or disabled animals, recently partnered with the Brown Dog Coalition which makes finding a home for the animals abroad much easier.

Browne notes that every fortnight approximately ten dogs migrate and are placed in a safe and clean environment.

The process of helping a dog to be re-homed is a serious matter, as Browne made it clear that individuals interested in adopting a 'Jamaican brown dog' have to go through a rigorous background check, with most individuals required to send quarterly reports on the dog's readjustment and progress.

Though the JSPCA makes its priority finding stray cats and dogs homes locally, they have also helped a few animals to migrate, including one cat.

According to the organization's senior veterinary surgeon, Paul Turner, the vast majority of animals migrate to The Cayman Islands, Canada, The United Kingdom and the USA.

Turner told Loop News that the adoption and migration process is a simple one and most people "fall in love with the animals".

Once an animal is selected, the JSPCA generates a health report, the report is verified and an export permit is granted.

Though following up with some animals after migration has proved difficult, according to the JSPCA's senior veterinary surgeon, Dr. Paul Turner, he has heard wonderful follow-up stories.

Turner shared the story of a Jamaican street dog that was adopted by a woman in the UK.

The dog was picked up from the airport's quarantine in an S-class convertible, Mercedes-Benz and taken to its new air-conditioned room, complete with a doggy bed in London.

"From the streets to luxury," said Turner.