Jill Trail and Pihu met for the first time when Pihu was a 6-week old puppy in India. The pup suffered a bad infection that led to both hind legs being amputated. It also suffered spinal injuries, was living on the streets and needed extra care. Trail wanted to take care of the pup, but the only problem was that she lived in the US.
Trail decided that no matter what, she’ll bring Pihu to the US and live with the dog. To put her plan in action, she worked with non-government organizations to bring the puppy to the US and adopt it. Today, Pihu is a healthy, wheelchair-bound pup with a loving home.
Trail in an interview said about how people appreciate her for bringing the dog to the US. Jill replies by saying, “But I’m the lucky one. There’s no sacrifice on my part. Pihu is just so inspirational and packed with personality”.
But now, after July 14, 2021, similar rescue tales are no longer possible. The reason is because of the temporary suspension of importing dogs from 100 countries which includes India. The guidelines are issued by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As per the CDC, it is essential to reduce the risk of rabies following a spate of falsified rabies vaccination certificates. The move is a major problem for charities across India like Kannan Animal Welfare (KAW), they often help find overseas homes for stray dogs in India.