Usually on Friday’s, my adoption feature focuses on one or more of the weekend adoption events by featuring some of the pets set to make an appearance. This week, I’m doing something a bit different in honor of The Puppy Mill Project’s annual benefit.
Tomorrow, the organization honors the mother dogs left behind in the puppy mills at their annual Mothers in the Mills benefit.
One of the highlights will be a new presentation called Number 19 about a mother dog rescued from the mills that finally gets her happy ending.
View slideshow: Mothers from the Mills
Chicago has numerous breed rescues that have done great work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs rescued from puppy mills. Today, in honor of Number 19 and the others left behind – we’ll focus our adoption feature on some of the dogs that have survived a puppy mill and are looking for homes here in the Chicago-area. We’ll also look at a happy ending for a surviving mother of the mill.
Chicago French Bulldog Rescue
On April 28, Chicago French Bulldog Rescue stepped up to rescue 19 Frenchies and a Pug from a mill auction in Southern Missouri calling the rescue Operation Frenchie Freedom. Like the dog in the presentation, these dogs were also tagged and known by number, not name. Number 93 and 96 are looking for families.
Number 96 was up for auction because her mill was no longer breeding French Bulldogs. That mill had been sited with 13 USDA violations including inadequate vet care, expired medications, indoor and outdoor housing violations and pest control issues. This poor girl has chronic ear infections that caused her ears to thicken. She was branded, had a hernia, bite scars from flies, an untreated ulcer in her eye and burns on her body from when the breeder used motor oil to treat mange. Her selling point is that she was a good mother. She’s now settling into foster care and finally getting the medical help she needs. This six-year-old is now looking for home.
Number 93, now known as Chloe, is a five-year-old dog that was advertised at the auction as – due to be in heat in July. She also came from a mill with lots of violations. Despite living in those conditions, she doesn’t have any medical issues. Many dogs rescued from mills are frightened of the unknown, especially being out of their cages. Not Chloe, she loves her freedom and her favorite thing to do now is to explore her new surroundings. She is blossoming very quickly in foster care.
These two dogs have recently been vetted and are looking for homes. Of the 19 rescued, seven of the dogs have transferred to two other rescues and the rest (including the pug) are with CFBR.
Chicago English Bulldog Rescue
The Chicago English Bulldog Rescue kicked of the year with a major puppy mill rescue of their own – Project Hope 2012. The organization saved eight dogs – six mothers and two young males – from three different puppy mills. Lexi was the most heartbreaking case of the group. She was covered in mange and open sores, terrified of people and afraid to look people in the eyes. She had an eye-swollen shut from an ulcer and was in pain from a severe infection (see the slideshow). Today, you’d hardly recognize her.
Lexi has blossomed in foster care and this two-year-old dog has now channeled her inner puppy to make up for all that lost time in a cage. She loves nothing more than to play and romp in the yard and has earned the nickname “Tigger” for bouncing when she plays. Lexi is full of mischief and has discovered the joy of dragging blankets around the house. After a hard days play, she crashes for a major nap and serenades her family with her cute snore. Lexi continues to grow and would love nothing more than to find a forever home.
Happy tails from Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue
At puppy mills, dogs are often bred to death. That was almost the case for Hope. A rescuer was at the mill loading up dogs that the mill had decided to release to rescue. The miller walked by with a very sick, very pregnant dog and said that he was about to put her down. The rescuer pleaded and left with the dog, putting in a call to Crossroads Shih Tzu Rescue on her way home. Although the rescue was full, they took Hope under their wing and sent her to a foster home.
Hope had Dermodex mange and skin infections. Just a week later, she gave birth to three puppies, one of which died. The remaining two also battled mange a few weeks after they were born. Under the care of a loving foster home, the mom and two remaining babies recovered. Today, they are healthy, happy and beautiful. They also didn’t need go far to be adopted. Hope’s forever family turned out to be her original foster home. Puppies Kelsee and Destiny were adopted by a member of their foster mom’s extended family.
Learn more about The Puppy Mill Project and the Mothers in the Mills event tomorrow online and on Facebook..
- Kathy Mordini is a public relations specialist and former journalist. She is passionate about educating the public on pet adoption, pet rescue and the many local pet businesses that support animal rescue. She has volunteered in the past as community outreach coordinator for Heartland Animal Shelter where she wrote educational stories about adoption, pets of the week and a variety of fundraising events for the shelter. She also writes articles about pet health care. Her work has been a regular feature both online and in print for TribLocal.com, on Patch.com and the Pioneer Press. Read the original article here.