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December 2013 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 67 Puppies and Dogs Saved

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North Shore Animal League America partners with MuttNation Foundation to save the lives of innocent animals and find them homes

On Sunday night, one of North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue & Adoption Units arrived back at our no-kill headquarters after a 3,000-mile cross-country rescue mission, bringing with them 67 puppies and dogs rescued from dire circumstances.

Fifty of the puppies and dogs were rescued from inhumane puppy mills in Oklahoma, where they’ve been kept for years in tiny wire cages and given little if any medical attention or affection. They range in age from about one year to six years old, and include Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, Schnauzers and Shi Tzus, among other small-breed dogs.

The remaining 17 dogs are from Pets Fur People, a Tyler, Texas-based no-kill animal sanctuary that provides a temporary haven for animals until they find permanent homes. These dogs, which range from medium to large-sized, include several adorable hound mixes and collie mixes.

This life-saving mission was sponsored by our partners in rescue, MuttNation Foundation, founded by country superstar Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev Lambert. Miranda is originally from Tyler, so this rescue is a very special one for her and her family.

“We are so excited about MuttNation’s partnership on this rescue with North Shore Animal League America,” says Miranda Lambert. “MuttNation’s mission to encourage shelter adoption, end animal suffering and homelessness is one we hold very dear to our hearts, and by teaming up with Animal League America we will be able to save the lives of so many dogs! It’s a real match made in doggie heaven!”

“Our partnership with MuttNation has grown tremendously over the past year, and we are truly grateful for their dedication to our no-kill mission,” says Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at Animal League America. “Just about a year ago, we conducted our first rescue with MuttNation, bringing nearly two dozen dogs to our headquarters that MuttNation had rescued in Miranda’s current hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and found them loving homes. Then, we partnered again when the devastating tornadoes hit the state last May. We look forward to working with our friends at MuttNation in 2014 and beyond.”

As soon as the puppies and dogs are evaluated medically and behaviorally, they will be placed for adoption at our shelter headquarters in Port Washington, NY. Many are expected to be ready by Wednesday, December 18.

This rescue is part of Animal League America’s Humane Relocation Program, which transports dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from overcrowded municipal shelters, puppy mills, natural disasters and other circumstances where their lives were in grave danger. During their journey, the animals are kept safe and warm in our climate-controlled, spacious vans, which operate like “shelters on wheels.” Our Humane Relocation Program is our most far-reaching program to date, responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens since the program’s inception in 1991.

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