But sometimes, even a dog with no voice can be heard. Johanna Quinn, who works with a local rescue called Heart of Taiwan Animal Care, found the dog there. She arranged to have a contingent of death row dogs transported to Canada through Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue.
Among them? Number 143. Only this time her rescuers gave her a real name - Akiko, which means "sparkle, bright."
And soon, Akiko would shine a light in a Canadian woman's heart.
Kimberley Ann Barley was already on a list to foster shelter dogs. She heard a Chihuahua from Taiwan needed a lift from the airport - and a temporary home.
Barley didn't hesitate, bringing the exhausted dog home, where Akiko would sleep for days on end, only stirring to go to the bathroom.