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November 2014 - Puppy Mill Rescue - 90 Dogs & Puppies Saved

Port Washington, NY, November 26, 2014: As most of us sit surrounded by friends and family at the dinner table to indulge in a Thanksgiving Day feast, we must remember to take the time to reflect and give thanks. Be thankful for the people we celebrate with, for the food that graces the table, and reflect on all of the moments that have impacted our lives in the past year.

Let’s not forget to be thankful for those little, four-legged bundles of joy who sit patiently at our feet waiting for even the tiniest piece of Thanksgiving food to fall from the table. Surely, they’ve been a big part of your life since becoming part of your family.

At North Shore Animal League America, we consider all of our shelter pets, both cats and dogs alike, part of our great, big extended family. We take great pride in providing these animals with a warm place to rest their heads, plenty of food and water, and most importantly, endless TLC and the opportunity to find a loving home to call their own. Of course, we feel this way about all of our Mutt-i-grees, but it’s hard not to feel a little extra something for those who’ve endured particularly difficult lives prior to arriving at our Port Washington campus. For instance, the dogs we rescue from commercial breeding facilities, or puppy mills, as they are commonly referred to.

These dogs have spent most of their lives in cramped, filthy cages as living, breathing breeding machines. The more pure-bred litters produced, the more money made selling them to pet stores across the country. At these facilities it’s profit that is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. The conditions in which these dogs are kept are inhumane and unnatural, therefore the Animal League prides itself on rescuing as many of these poor dogs as possible. This week, our Emergency Response team spearheaded a special mission in the Midwest, where it rescued more than 90 dogs and puppies. This life-saving mission included Poodles, Shih-Tzus, Chihuahuas, Yorkies and Miniature Pinschers.
All of these highly adoptable pooches will be up for adoption starting on Saturday the 29th of November and remain safe and sound in the friendly confines of the Animal League’s campus until each and every one of them find their forever home!

“These dogs are the lucky ones, to be honest,” said Ted Moriates, who has been a Rescue Driver for the Animal League for two years. “It’s sad to think about what these dogs have been through, but watching their transitions and seeing them be adopted into loving homes is special. They are really are lucky dogs.”

“I’m so grateful to work for an organization that knows how important it is for these animals to get a second chance at life,” said Karla Agostinello, who has worked at the Animal League for nine years, but just recently started going out on rescues. “When you look into the eyes of a rescue dog, you can just see the appreciation and thanks.”

If you’ve been thinking about adding that extra little something to your family, this is your chance. So, after you’ve enjoyed a day filled with family, food and football, and shopped till you dropped on Black Friday, take a moment to think about the 90+ rescue dogs at the Animal League just waiting for you to come down and adopt them. Turn this typical weekend after the holiday into “Save-A-Life Saturday” for one of these special rescue pets.

“We are so thankful to be able to rescue these dogs just in time for the holiday season,” said Animal League Shelter Director, Christina Travalja. “Our staff and volunteer teams are overjoyed to be able to give these dogs their first hug, bath or even warm bed to sleep on. Though they can sometimes be a bit timid after their long journey, we quickly see how thankful they are to be in our care as they warm up and show how thankful they are to be in a loving, caring environment.”