My volunteer work with the H.S.U.S. puppy mill seizure here in Tennessee, has kept me very busy and has emotionally drained me, beyond words.
We took in 33 dogs from the seizure to be placed with "Anti Cruelty Society" in Chicago.
Giving them time to get settled, groomed, thorough vet checks & health certificates, before their trip.
I know what these dogs had to endure and that very soon, they would be in homes, real homes and not cages. So many of these dogs have spent years of their lives, in horrible conditions and now they would have a chance at a true life. I decided to stayed a few extra days in Chicago to recharge & unwind. Stopped at the shelter on Saturday to find people lined up all around the block to adopt these dogs for they had been on the news.
These pictures were taken, when they took their first steps on ground.
Scared to death at first, after several hours, they realized they were safe & started to relax, play and smile.
These dogs lived in rabbit hutches, many, many, dogs in one hutch.
Click "here" to watch video footage of the rescue.
Their poor feet were so embedded with fecal matter even after multiple washings & soakings we could not get it off their pads.
I had been on one other puppy mill bust a few years ago, but this was the absolute worst.
Nothing can ever prepare you for the unspeakable things that people can do..
But until you see it with your very own eyes, it is that very moment, you will dedicate your lifetime to the cause.
While I know many of you have a hard time with these types of heavy posts, it is important to read, to help change the world so to speak. I always try to shield you by not showing the gore, for I know most of you have a very difficult time with these things, but you will know by just looking at the faces, they need us to help them.. So please take a moment for their sakes.
Puppy mills are a greed based industry, preying on animal loving people.
I am asking you, if you love animals and want to Help Stop Puppy mills, join H.S.U.S. in their campaign to end this horrible industry. I have seen first hand what people who are dedicated to the cause can do. Whether you are there physically working or just being in support of stopping inhumane treatment of animals, we all can play a part in seeing an end to puppy mills.
Please post a banner to your website or blog, buy a t-shirt, join Facebook and commit to the cause. I know I have readers from all over the world, it costs nothing to put a banner up, to help raise awareness, so please if you believe in the ethical treatment of animals post the banner. Together, we can make a difference for the animals!!!
I've added the banner to my blog.
Thanks for all you do for our dumb friends!
Thank you for your hard work and dedication.
You are by far the strongest women I have ever met. You are my Hero.. I will post the banner. I actually would like to replicate your post and put it on my blog . Please contact me if that's okay.
Thanks for the work you are doing and your right the appreciation is in their eyes.
I have two rescued dogs and five rescued cats, and I find it very difficult to control my desire to take in more. Especially after seeing the wonderful little guys whose stories you post.
love and peace to you and all the doggies and kitties that need help.
You are an incredibly strong and loving woman, (among your other attributes.)
Diane, Grace & Scooter
PS I have an awrd for you on my blog :)
Give a pup a hug for me!
Thank you for your courage and energy in posting this ... let alone what it took to actually do the work.
Your post actually made me bother to go to the effort of creating an identity so I could say thanks!
Looking forward to meeting you in person next March down-under in friendly Australia :D
Thanks for your courage in posting, let alone actually doing the work!
Looking forward to meeting you in person down-uder in March next year :D
I have made a donation today & will try to in the future when funds allow.
Thank you again from the bottom of "our" hearts,
Kathleen & 'belle
I am typing through the tears. What a horrific thing for these animals to survive. It is unbelievable how evil and sadistic people can be.
Your before and after pictures are so powerful. I have 2 rescue dogs. It brings me to tears to think about what they endured at the hands of their previous "caretakers"
Although we have never met, you are never far from my thoughts. It takes a huge heart and tremendous courage to do what you do. You are living my dream. There is such a tremendous need and I wish I could help as much as you do.
Since I have small children, the best I can do now is to continue to spread the word and post a banner. My children and I will continue to volunteer with the H.S.U.S. as well.
Much love. You and the animals are always in my prayers.
I am sure they will all find wonderful new and loving homes (I pray they do).
I adopted my little black kittie Esmeralda from a shelter 2 years ago. And I will never forget the look of pure joy on her little face - the first day she rolled on my lawn and felt sun and a gentle breeze on her fur. I will treasure that look of happiness forever.
Bless your brave and courageous heart!
Incidentally, I have three adopted dogs, and one dumpster cat. My oldest dog, Como, was a "three time loser" who had been brought to the shelter, adopted, returned, adopted, returned, and when I adopted him had one week to go before the end of his "term" in the shelter. He is the best, most faithful and loving dog, and I swear he, like so many others, knows who saved him. I wouldn't have it any other way...