Hope and Homecoming for Commercial Breeder Rescues

///Hope and Homecoming for Commercial Breeder Rescues

North Shore Animal League America completed another collaborative rescue mission this October with partner National Mill Dog Rescue, saving 47 dogs and puppies from commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest. Encompassing a variety of primarily small breeds from poodles to corgis, the canines arrived at our Port Washington campus in dire need of extensive care after lives spent in cramped cages, devoid of nurturing.

The scars of their past were apparent; excessively long nails and matted coats revealed the neglect these animals endured. Many exhibited behavior that showed their unfamiliarity with human contact, waving their legs in the air as if swimming – a gesture born from never having been held or lifted before.

Amy Anner, Associate Director of Volunteers and Foster Care, gave an extra hug to each dog as they were carried off our Mobile Rescue Unit. “Attending the arrival of commercial breeding rescues is a favorite part of my job,” she said. “These dogs don’t realize this is where everything changes for them. It’s such an exciting moment.” Amy murmured to each four-legged survivor, “Welcome to your new, amazing life.”

Our immediate focus is always to assess each animal’s physical condition, checking for signs of injury or congenital defects. Additionally, our groomers work tirelessly to ensure the dogs are clean and healthy and ready to meet their potential adopters.

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Senior Rescue Manager Karla Scaramuzzo spoke about one of the Shih Tzu pups she cradled in her arms: “Kate spent eight years in a commercial facility just for breeding and producing puppies for pet stores. She’s lived in a cage and never felt a tender touch from a human being. At Animal League America, she’s going to get her second chance.” Kate’s story is just one of many that represent lives devoid of love and care. Now these dogs, eyes wide with wonder, are on a journey toward safe and loving homes. Witnessing these animals transform from fear and hesitation to wagging tails and affection is a testament to the incredible work happening every day at North Shore Animal League America.

By |2023-11-22T15:43:20-04:00November 2nd, 2023|