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Hello,

I am having an extremely tough time making a decision.

Keep my two dogs and travel back to the USA or Find a home for them in Costa Rica.

My Situation: I will not be able to keep them in my camper when I move back to the States, they will have to stay at friends/family which is still not really an option.
Money: I only have $300 to travel with and it costs $350 to take only one of them back with me.

I rescued these dogs last year from the streets of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, I love them and am having a really tough time giving them up.

How does one bring themself to leave a dog behind with out any guilt. I only will feel better if I can find a nice home for them but simply pput, all the dog lovers already have a surplus of rescued animals. So it has been really tough finding a home.

Should I take one back and start out with nothing, literally I only have $300?

Please, some advice if you will.
Thank you
-Bethany
 

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It all depends on what you feel is right. If you take the dogs you can at least feel better about starting off fresh with nothing, the dog is in the position of winning or losing at this point. You also need to figure out what is the most important thing for these dogs, will they be in danger if you leave them or will they find a home? Are they bonded to you? Bc if they are it will be harder on them if you disappear forever. And are you in a position to ask yourself why you took this responsibility in the first place when you knew you would be returning to US? Dogs are a commitment up to 15 years.
Good luck and I hope you figure something out.
 

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Well the poster did say they rescued them from the streets. It's hard to plan for rescues, it's not like your going out and buying an animal you can't afford.

Once you get back to the US, are you going to be able to provide for them? Will you be able to make the money to afford vet bills, food, all that stuff?

If the answer is no, then I would say probably the best thing to do would be to find them a good home.

Why is it not an option to have them stay with family? Maybe even just for a little while until you can get yourself on your feet and be able to better provide for them. Or do you have a friend who could take care of them until you can afford them better? Do you have anyone you could borrow money from?

Are you sure it's only $350 to fly them? Is that just for the plane ticket? I think if you are flying them into a different country, you will probably need a vet exam before hand and you might want to look into if there are any quarantine requirements to fly them from Costa Rica to the US.
 

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It all depends on what you feel is right. If you take the dogs you can at least feel better about starting off fresh with nothing, the dog is in the position of winning or losing at this point. You also need to figure out what is the most important thing for these dogs, will they be in danger if you leave them or will they find a home? Are they bonded to you? Bc if they are it will be harder on them if you disappear forever. And are you in a position to ask yourself why you took this responsibility in the first place when you knew you would be returning to US? Dogs are a commitment up to 15 years.
Good luck and I hope you figure something out.
thank you - I know, it was a responsibility that I thought would work out. I was planning to live here for quite a while, also I could not just allow a dog to starve on the street! So I really did not have a choice in the first place, the only choice I had was not to get so attached.
My mother is very ill with cancer and I need to be with her during these last months she has. Family do not have the funds to help me, it is my choice to leave.
 

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You are correct

Well the poster did say they rescued them from the streets. It's hard to plan for rescues, it's not like your going out and buying an animal you can't afford.

Once you get back to the US, are you going to be able to provide for them? Will you be able to make the money to afford vet bills, food, all that stuff?

If the answer is no, then I would say probably the best thing to do would be to find them a good home.

Why is it not an option to have them stay with family? Maybe even just for a little while until you can get yourself on your feet and be able to better provide for them. Or do you have a friend who could take care of them until you can afford them better? Do you have anyone you could borrow money from?

Are you sure it's only $350 to fly them? Is that just for the plane ticket? I think if you are flying them into a different country, you will probably need a vet exam before hand and you might want to look into if there are any quarantine requirements to fly them from Costa Rica to the US.
Breakdown Pricing (per dog): $150 Plane, $50 - $150 Kennel, $90 up to date Exam and Vaccinations and Exit Papers.

The vet is actually very helpful and said she would help me out as much as possible, probably the fees for their exam will be reduced.

A home for them when we arrive in the States - In theory they could stay at my familys while I but since my mother is ill they will not receive the care they deserve and it will put my family in a bad spot.

I am literally coming back with nothing, I am not in the position to leave but I need to be present for my mothers sake.

I just do not know it if anf how wI can handle both the loss of my mother and my dogs! I know that sounds rather unhuman to some people, to care about pets like they were human, but I can not help how I feel.

If I can not find a home for them here, maybe I will just have to stay longer until I can and hope that time is on my side.

Thank you all for your advice.
 
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