Friday, December 28, 2012

Puppy Mill Dogs Come to Dumb Friends League

35 puppies and dogs—some as young as 4 months old—from puppy mills in the Midwest were transferred to the Dumb Friends League a few days before Christmas in hopes that they would have the opportunity to find permanent, loving homes.

“We are blessed that we have the resources and the space to help pets outside of our own community when the need arises,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “In an urgent situation like this, it’s wonderful that animal welfare organizations here in Colorado come together to assist vulnerable pets like these puppy mill dogs.”

Volunteers from the National Mill Dog Rescue near Colorado Springs endured a cold blast of winter to pick up the dogs from puppy mills in Kansas and Missouri. The dogs brought to the Dumb Friends League include dachshunds, poodles, Shih Tzus and Pomeranians, among other breeds. 

Due to the living conditions at the puppy mills, some of the transferred dogs may require foster care while they receive medical treatment and socialization, which will delay their adoption availability by several weeks.
“Chances are good that these dogs have had minimal human contact, never seen a flight of stairs and never been outdoors on a leash,” said Theresa Geary, vice president of operations for the Dumb Friends League. “That means a lot of time and resources will be needed to help these dogs become ready for adoption.”

Even though the puppy mill dogs are not immediately available, you can help today by donating to the Dumb Friends League. All donations enable the League to provide shelter, medical care, foster homes, behavior training and other vital services to homeless pets. You can also help by adopting any one of the other available pets at the Dumb Friends League.

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