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RESCUE ALERT: North Shore Animal League America’s Rescue Team Saves Puppies, Dogs and Cats from Grave Danger

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Rescue Mission in the South Includes Boxer Mom and her Young Puppies, Puppy Mill Dogs and More

This week, North Shore Animal League America’s Mobile Rescue Units made several trips to the South, bringing back puppies, dogs and cats from several overcrowded shelters.

On Wednesday, January 15, one of our Mobile Units arrived back at our no-kill campus after a 20-hour round-trip journey to our friends at Martinsville-Henry County SPCA in southwest Virginia.

Among the dozens of animals we rescued were a Boxer mom and her six puppies, who are just four weeks old. Such animals are often the first euthanized, since many shelters are unable to provide nursery care.

According to Nicole Harris, Executive Director at the Martinsville-Henry County SPCA, the Boxer (named Epiphany) was rescued from a hoarding situation in North Carolina, where she’d been kept outside around the clock—even when the temperature had dropped into the teens.

“Epiphany and her puppies were rescued by the folks at a non-profit called the Randolph County SPCA in rural North Carolina,” explains Harris. “They brought them to us, and we knew we could take them in because of our relationship with your amazing rescue team. You are superheroes in our book!”

The Martinsville-Henry County SPCA rescue also included four Westies who had been kept in a puppy mill in the region. Harris personally saw the awful situation at the mill, but sadly notes the conditions actually met the standards provided by the law.

Sylvia Ottaka, Senior Director of Operations at North Shore Animal League America, says that although the animals we rescue from mills have lived very difficult lives, “it’s amazing how they bounce back after they are given the love and affection they deserve,” she notes. “I’m always inspired when I see the dramatic turnarounds these dogs make.”

All of the animals from this week’s rescue, as with all our rescues, were immediately evaluated both behaviorally and medically upon their arrival at our Port Washington, NY headquarters. Some are already up for adoption now, while others will be ready in the next few days.

As North Shore Animal League America enters our 70th anniversary this year, we are as dedicated as ever to our mission to rescue, nurture and adopt as many homeless animals as possible. “I’m extremely proud to report that in the first two weeks of January alone, we have rescued nearly 400 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in harm’s way,” says Joanne Yohannan, Senior VP of Operations at North Shore Animal League America. “With your help, we will continue to rescue many thousands more in the year ahead.”

To see some of the animals up for adoption at our shelter, please visit the Adopt a Shelter Pet section of our website.

We count on animal lovers like you to enable us to continue to rescue animals from grave danger.


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