SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands – Two Colorado Sisters who now live in the United States territory of Saipan are attempting to make a difference by rescuing abandoned and mistreated pets.
However, because the island has minimal resources, the girls are attempting to airlift the dogs here to Colorado in order to save as many as possible.
How it all started?
It’s an astonishing narrative that begins more than 2,600 miles from Denver International Airport and ends in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Dogs in Saipan have it rough, according to Grace and Aria Keilback. There was skin and bones everywhere, fleas and ticks everywhere, and no vet in sight.
Grace and Aria Keilback believe that there are approximately 60,000 stray dogs on a tiny island the size of Lakewood.
According to the youngsters, the stray canines are known as Boonie Dogs because they were either offspring of war dogs who remained strays or were abandoned by their owners. They added that it is also common for pregnant dogs to be dumped because their owners do not want to deal with the puppies.
After a while of living in these conditions on the island, the girls founded the organization Boonie Babies. As a result, the strays on the island are being rehabilitated and rehomed. But, to be honest, Saipan can’t manage it all.
The two claim that, while they are aware that dogs in Colorado also require homes, these canines have no other choice. It’s an overcrowding problem, and with no vet on the entire island, there’s little hope until a willing Colorado vet wants to hop on a plane and support the cause.
Many of the neglected dogs have medical issues that must be addressed. But, more crucially, no one on the island can perform critical spay and neuter surgeries, so the dog population is not shrinking.
There is a makeshift clinic on the island run by volunteers out of a one-bedroom house, but the Keilbachs claim it is insufficient. With their resources, they have helped roughly 100 dogs find loving homes on the island, but their greatest chance would be to fly them here for a better life.
They are expecting to see more Saipanese Boonie dogs land at Denver International Airport, but the protocol is now preventing that from occurring. They could fly 100 dogs to Colorado right now if they could, but there are a few obstacles. There hasn’t been a single instance of rabies in the US territory of Saipan. However, the cost, quarantines, weight, temperature, and freight constraints, as well as a large amount of paperwork, prevent Boonie dogs from flying right now.
According to Aria Keilbach, there are three major obstacles to acquiring the pups a one-way ticket to a better life –
- Arranging $2,000-dollars cost per dog
- Eager adopters in the United States
- Airline regulations