The Camden Conference presents Peter Fitzgerald, emeritus professor of law, and Allyson MacKenna, executive director of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, at the Camden Public Library Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Their talk, “From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption,” is free and open to all.

China is now said to have the world’s third largest dog population, estimated at more than 27 million animals, and a booming pet and pet-products marketplace. Alongside the increasing number of pet dogs, there are also persistent social issues with puppy mills, strays, abandoned animals, and even trafficking in stolen pets – and as a result there are a substantial number of Chinese dogs in need of new homes. Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue is one of a handful of breed-specific rescue organizations that works with its Chinese counterparts to bring some of these dogs to the United States for adoption.

Fitzgerald is a member of the Board of Directors of the Camden Conference and author of the law school text “International Issues in Animal Law.” Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue was established in 1985 and has placed over 5,600 homeless Golden Retrievers into loving homes. YGRR will also bring one or more of its “China dogs” for participants to meet at the presentation.

This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference – “Is This China’s Century?,” Feb. 22 to 24. For more information, visit or call 236-1034.