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October 2012 - National Rescue - Over 200 Dogs and Cats Saved

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Over 200 puppies, adult dogs and dozens of cats and kittens saved in multi-state rescue

This has been an extremely busy week for our rescue teams. They traveled from Colorado, stopping in Kansas and Missouri, to rescue mill dogs.  Then it was off to Tennessee and several counties in Virginia. 

On the evening of Oct. 18, 2012, North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue Unit arrived at the safety of our Port Washington, NY headquarters with 57 dogs that were rescued from the cruelty of puppy mills in the Midwest. The rescue is a result of our partnership with National Mill Dog Rescue. Animal League America has a rescue unit permanently stationed in Colorado.

The rescued dogs include Lhasa Apsos, Poodles, Pugs, Dachshunds, Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus, ranging in age from about one to eight years old.

“These beautiful dogs are amazingly resilient, both physically and emotionally,” says Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at Animal League America. “Even though they had a rough start in life, they respond extremely well when they are given the love and care they’ve been denied for so long. The bond they develop with their adopters is incredibly deep.”

Theresa Strader, founder and executive director of National Mill Dog Rescue, says she’s tremendously grateful to Animal League America for partnering with her organization to give these wonderful dogs the opportunity to find the loving homes they deserve.

“Without the dedication of the team at Animal League America, we would never be able to save the large amount of dogs that we do,” says Strader. “Just this week alone, your partnership has enabled us to rescue twice as many dogs as we would have been able to rescue on our own. It’s truly a life-saving collaboration.” 

Animal League America rescued an additional 145 puppies and adult dogs from municipal shelters in Tennessee and Virginia. Three of those dogs, including the white Boxer mix (pictured at left, with her seven pups), are new mothers who arrived with their babies. Mother dogs and their puppies are often the first to be euthanized in some overcrowded shelters. The mothers and babies are all in our Nursery under the expert care of our medical staff. 

Finally, Animal League America brought 40 felines to our headquarters this week as a result of our work with local rescuers.

Every animal we rescue undergoes an immediate medical and behavioral evaluation. If any concerns are found, our staff of veterinarians, trainers and other specialists work with each animal until it is ready to be placed for adoption.

The majority of the dogs rescued from the puppy mills are expected to be available for adoption on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Many of the puppies, dogs, kittens and cats from the other rescues this week will be up for adoption starting today, Friday, Oct. 19.

Animal League America is dedicated to finding permanent homes for as many innocent animals as possible, and we need your support. Please click here to donate to help make our life-saving work possible; click here to find out more about all the animals available for adoption.

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