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Make This a Happy Holiday for Chloe
In late August, North Shore Animal League America rescued 89 dogs and puppies from puppy mills in Oklahoma and brought them to the safety of our no-kill adoption headquarters.
One of them was Chloe, the beautiful Shi Tzu pictured here. Chloe had lived her entire life in a puppy mill, where she was used as a breeder dog, forced to have litter after litter of puppies. Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities where dogs are kept in inhumane conditions, receiving the bare minimum of food and water, with little if any medical care, socialization or affection. Often, they live outside in the heat of summer and cold of winter, stuck in wire cages barely big enough for them to turn around.
Once we rescue these precious dogs, we give them the care they’ve been denied for so long, and we are always inspired by how these survivors thrive once they receive the love they deserve.
When Chloe first arrived from the mill, she was extremely frightened, and she wouldn’t approach anyone. But our expert trainers patiently and gently worked with Chloe, helping her open up and trust human hands and hearts.
Chloe was then placed in a foster home with one of our wonderful volunteer foster parents, Betty, who has spent many months helping Chloe become the dog she was always meant to be.
In less than two months, Betty reports that Chloe, whom we estimate to be about six years old, has made tremendous progress. “When someone comes home, Chloe will go to them and greet them, sniffing and licking their hands,” she says. Chloe is progressing very well in terms of being housebroken, but still has occasional accidents. Although Chloe still is somewhat skittish, Betty is very optimistic that she will continue to open up more and more.
“She loves to eat, and likes the squeaky toys in her crate,” adds Betty. “She is most comfortable in her crate, but loves to go on long walks. She likes sitting in the kitchen to watch the goings on.”
Betty recommends that Chloe be adopted into a home with no small children and no other dogs or cats. Like all dogs, Chloe needs a patient, caring individual or family who want to give her a lifetime of love. Are you ready to bring Chloe home and give her the life she so richly deserves?
To arrange to meet Chloe, please contact Alex Bab, our foster care coordinator, at Alexanderb@AnimalLeague.org, (516) 883-7900, ext. 352.