101 Mill Dogs Saved During Operation Hundred Hearts
To many of us, there’s nothing more irresistible than a puppy. While most people probably wouldn’t knowingly support the inhumane treatment of dogs, our demand for these precious puppies leaves many of them suffering behind the scenes in puppy mills at the hands of commercial breeders who are in the business to make money.
Eight rescuers left NDMR’s headquarters in Colorado in three vehicles and traveled 2,400 miles in little over 48 hours to pick up dogs who no longer had any value to their owners as breeding dogs and would have otherwise been disposed of.
After being brought back to Lily’s Haven, NDMR’s rescue facility, each dog is receiving the individual care they need and will get the chance to learn about love and trust as they’re prepared for adoption in a few weeks.
“After rescue, these dogs will receive all of the veterinary care they so desperately need after a lifetime of neglect. Each dog is spayed or neutered, receives enormously complex dental care, is vaccinated, micro-chipped and heartworm tested. That care alone averages about $220 for each dog. Very often there is the need for additional specialized care or surgeries,” said Theresa Strader, NMDR’s founder, in a statement.
So that people don’t assume all breeders are equally the worst of the worst, Strader is quick to point out in an update on Facebook that many of the dogs they picked up were in good condition both mentally and physically. Still, according to the organization, two of the dogs they received were rushed immediately to the emergency vet.
One dog in particular, a 5-year-old English bulldog named Cinder, was found in especially bad shape. Vets removed over 1,000 ticks from her little body and found she was also “infested with fleas, worms, has kidney issues, entropian eyelid issues, and a heart murmur” and that her “right ear is completely closed (called cauliflower ear) with scar tissue from prior untreated infections.”
According to NDMR, Operation Hundred Hearts marks the 77th rescue trip the organization has made since 2007. Since they started, they’ve taken in more than 9,800 mill dogs who they have worked to rehabilitate and rehome. While these dogs are now getting the love and care they need and deserve, many others won’t be so fortunate.
How to Help
You can make one of these mill dogs your Valentine by donating to Operation Hundred Hearts through NDMR, which will hang a heart in their kennel with your name on it this month. You can also check out their wish list on Amazon for supplies they need.
Along with supporting efforts of organizations like NDMR, we can all help mill dogs everywhere by continuing to spread the word about why we need to stop supporting pet store/online sales of companion animals, in addition to promoting adoption or getting dogs from breeders who are in it for the right reasons – they love their breed of choice, their dogs and want to make sure their puppies go to forever homes where they will thrive.
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