Puppy Mill Dogs Find New Life in Nova Scotia

The Story of the Puppy Mill Dogs

The 10 dogs that Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has taken in this week came from a puppy mill in Virginia, and were rescued by Animal Rescue Corps in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. They, along with 122 other dogs of various breeds as well as 4 parrots, were living in terrible conditions with very little food and water, no grooming, and no proper ventilation. Many of the dogs were covered in their own urine and feces, and it was obvious that they had not been to a vet in a long time, if ever. You can see photos of the rescue on the ARC Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.823779334322057.1073741836.164981283535202&type=1 and there are news articles on the bust here: http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/Update-Puppy-Mills-266110211.html and here: http://www.examiner.com/article/virginia-puppy-mill-bust-yields-134-dogs-seized-by-page-county-sheriff-s-office

What is Animal Rescue Corps?

Animal Rescue Corps is a sort of “Animal Rescue Army” based out of Washington DC who specialize in rescuing large numbers of animals from abusive situations. They have been involved in a number of large scale puppy mill and dog fighting busts since their inception in 2011, and were involved in the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport that happened in February 2013, which ASDR was also involved in. You can visit their website here: http://animalrescuecorps.org/ where you will see “Operation Liberty Dogs” on their front page. That is the rescue effort that these dogs come from. You can also see videos of many of their rescue operations on their Youtube page here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnimalRescueCorps (please be aware, these videos can be graphic). You can see a video of the Liberty Dogs rescue here: http://youtu.be/yCXYrH5r8YI?list=UUT7J4MgNxVMJf4aC_ZwEuPA

So, why is ASDR taking in dogs all the way from Virginia?

ASDR has been an ally of ARC since the Sunshine to Maritimes Transport in 2013. Organizations must be approved by ARC in order to take in animals that have been rescued by them. When possible, ARC works with local shelters and rescues to place the animals that they have rescued. However, the local shelters and rescues are often at their maximum capacity and cannot take in all of the rescued animals. That leaves these animals “orphaned” so to speak, with nowhere else to go. That is when ARC reaches out to their partner groups to ask if any other groups can help, and then pays to transport the animals to groups who respond with offers to help. As mentioned in one of the linked articles, dogs have gone to rescues all along the American Eastern Seaboard. These 10 dogs we have taken in are less than 8% of the dogs rescued from that situation, all the rest of the dogs have found shelters and rescue groups in other places.

ASDR is often asked for smaller dogs than we have (Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Poodles, etc). Most of the dogs who are surrendered into our care are 20lbs or so, and are not the type of dog that many of our followers are interested in. We receive Chihuahuas and other small dogs of that nature into care from our local area (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) only occasionally and always do our best to take in every dog who fits our mandate from the local area. We know that there is interest in Chihuahuas in this area, and interest that is not fully supplied by the dogs available from the area. We do not seek to continuously ship dogs in from out of our area, and NEVER look to do so, but when we are asked to do so by a reputable group like Animal Rescue Corps, it is very difficult to say no when we know that there are hundreds of potential adoptive families just waiting to find the right dog to adopt. ASDR is committed to helping as many dogs as we possibly can, regardless of their place of origin, and we know that Atlantic Canadians have HUGE loving hearts and want to help out in any way they can.

What about Puppy Mills in our area?

Puppy Mills are known to exist in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. If they are reported to Animal Rescue Corps similar rescue missions may be able to happen HERE, and ASDR would be eager to assist ARC in the effort. If you know of or suspect any Puppy Mills in your area please contact Animal Rescue Corps to report the situation by emailing reportcruelty@animalrescuecorps.org

Thank you for reading this story. If you are interested in assisting us with the medical care of these dogs, please visit our GoFundMe campaign http://www.gofundme.com/56n79c to make a donation. Every donation, no matter how small, will go a long way towards helping these dogs become healthy enough to go to their new homes. As you have seen in the photos and videos of the rescue posted above, these dogs were in terrible conditions, and will need medical care before we can in good conscience find them new homes.

Willy’s Happy Tail – An Atlantic Small Dog Rescue Success Story!

When we discovered Willy, he was a frightened one-year old Spaniel/Hound mix who had spent his days trembling in his cage at a local Shelter, terrified of everyone around him and refusing to leave his area. He had been that way for a month. Volunteers told us that due to high anxiety caused possibly by previous abuse, no one wanted him.

Willy Hiding

Willy Hiding

Atlantic Small Dog Rescue took him into care, and with just a little attention, and lots of love, he became a very cuddly dog who loves people, dogs, and playing whatever games his foster parents were up for! This week, Willy was adopted by a wonderful couple who’ll show him more love than he ever thought possible. Truly a happy ending for a great dog!

Willy Happy!

Willy Happy!

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Wow! It’s been less than 24 hours and we’ve already raised over $300 for these Puppy Mill dogs! We are so grateful for our supporters who will do anything for us!

We try to provide food to our foster homes free of charge for when they have a foster in care. If you work at or own a pet store, please contact us if you are willing and able to donate some food. You can email us at transport@asdrescue.com and we will have someone pick it up!

Puppy Mill Dogs in Need

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Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has been approached to take in some dogs who were rescued from a Puppy Mill. These dogs have been kept and raised in deplorable conditions, and have not received proper veterinary care their whole lives.

Now that they have been rescued their new lives will begin! ASDR will bring these dogs in to care, bring them to the vet, and ensure any medical problems are addressed. We already know that a number of these dogs have dental issues and will need deep cleanings, and possibly extractions. These procedures cost hundreds of dollars each, but mean a great deal when it comes to the future comfort and health of these dogs. Every dog will also be spayed or neutered before being sent to their new home.

We are also taking in at least one dog who may be pregnant, so her puppies will require their puppy vaccines and a thorough health check.

Are you able to donate even a little bit to our veterinary fund for these pups? Every dollar counts and will make a huge difference to these little guys!

Keep an eye out for their adoption advertisements to be posted on our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/atlanticsmalldogrescue!

Meet Elliot – ADOPTED!

Elliot

Elliot is a 3 year old Terrier mix who is approximately 30 lbs. He is a very playful and happy dog. Always on the go, follows his foster family everywhere. Elliot is full of energy, and he can be a bit of a handful. We believe that it would not take long to have this happy fully trained, because he is very quick and smart. His foster family is finding him still very puppy-like. He loves to walk around with toys in his mouth, especially rubber ones, he will chew on them for a good while before he gets bored. He is very friendly with other people, not at all violent in any way.

He is currently being kennel trained at his foster home and is doing very well with it so far. They take him for walks every day and he is pretty good on a leash with is new halti. Elliot gets very excited when he sees other dogs on walks, but he’s been getting better with that every day.

Elliot is overly interested in cats, and because of this would do best in a home without any cats, and we think it may be best he goes to a home where he will be the only pet, although he might do alright with another dog of similar size and energy.

Want to download an application form? Click the following link http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

Once your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com

Meet Rolo

rolo 1Rolo is a 5.5 year old Chocolate Cocker Spaniel. Rolo is good with other dogs and loves people. He is very curious about cats but doesn’t try to hurt them at all – we believe he will settle down once he gets used to being around them.

Rolo is very, very good and friendly 95% of the time. He does, however, have very specific circumstances in which his behaviour is quite bad. Namely, when he is at the vet, he can act very aggressively and must be muzzled. Also, when he is entering his kennel in the bedroom at his foster home at night, he has a big problem with the movement of the kennel door, and will growl and snap. His foster home is working on this behaviour and Rolo has already shown improvement. He is very friendly, happy, and handle-able in every other circumstance that we have seen him in. For example, Rolo allows people to give him baths, give him ear medication, take on and off harnesses and collars, and many other activities without even a hint of aggression.

Any family that is interested in adopting Rolo must be dog-experienced and willing to work with Rolo on his few issues. Rolo has been around children in the past, but will not be adopted to a family with young children due to his potential for biting.

Rolo is very ‘talkative’ when interacting with people, and will hoot and whine while trying to communicate with his family. He is goofy and wiggly and acts very much like a puppy when playing with his toys. He loves to cuddle and go for walks. He is a smart boy and wants to please.

Rolo has had skin and ear infections in the past that we believe may be diet-related. We are working on clearing his skin up and are hopeful that allergy food from the vet will prevent further flare-ups.

Although we are accepting applications for Rolo, we will not adopt him out until we are comfortable with the progress he has made in terms of his potential aggression around his kennel.

Rolo’s adoption fee is $250.

Want to download an application form? Click the following link http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

Once your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com

Meet Sunny

SunnySunny’s adoption fee is $250.

Sunny is a sweet, calm, and laidback 7 year old Foxhound. he is wonderful in the house and loves nothing more than to lay around and enjoy life. He walks very well on a leash and isn’t the type of dog to be constantly pulling you off your feet. Being a hound, Sunny should not be left free to roam outdoors.

Sunny is a tall boy that weighs about 50 pounds. He is healthy other than having a slightly sensitive stomach. He is on gastro food and does very well with it. He gets along well with other dogs, and has demonstrated excellent composure when faced with high energy, and very young dogs. He would not do well in a home with cats or other small animals, as his instinct to chase them is too strong. He does get along well with children, though!

Sunny’s former owners got landed with him by another family member but they don’t lead a lifestyle that allows for dogs. They were sad to give him up but made the decision with Sunny’s best interests at heart. This boy is an absolute gem – anyone who meets him will fall in love with his “sunny” personality.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at www.ASDRescue.com to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Meet Murphy

murphy 1Murphy the Beagle was found as a stray in a very rural area of Nova Scotia. He captured the hearts of the local SPCA staff and they asked us if we could take him in so that he could have a greater chance of adoption. The vet estimates that he is approximately 7 years old and was likely used for breeding.

Murphy bonds closely with people and is very affectionate. He is very calm, well behaved, and walks very well on a leash. He is excellent with people and loves the company of other dogs. Murphy does chase cats so will need a feline-free environment.

Murphy walks with a slight limp as he has an old (untreated) injury in his right hind leg – possibly from being tangled in barbed wire. The vet has examined this old injury and it does not require surgery or medication. He favors his leg at times and is defensive of it if he is being jostled, so we would not be in favor of placing Murphy in a home with tiny children.

We have not encountered any problems with any other dogs, however he is very defensive of his food dish and if he gets into a squabble he will not back off. He is very clean in the house, very quiet at night and is not a picky eater. He eats quickly but does not gobble it.

Murphy’s adoption fee is $250.

If you are interested in adopting one of our please fill out an adoption application and return it to the address given.

Want to download an application form? Click the following link http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

Once your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com

Meet Willy – ADOPTED!

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Willy’s adoption fee is $250.

Meet Willy, a one-year-old Spaniel/Hound mix who just loves attention. Willy is very mild-mannered and sweet, gets along well with other dogs and is indifferent to cats. He is shy and timid when meeting new people and takes a little while to warm up and trust new folks, but once he does he is inclined to do everything he can to cuddle up. Willy weighs about 40 lbs but would really like to be a lap dog… He’s learning to play fetch and is very proud of himself when he remembers to return the object to the thrower, and he is typically very eager to please. He does love to sniff his way around and will follow his nose if given the opportunity so he should be on a leash anytime he’s heading outside. He walks well and is social with other dogs he meets on walks, and has adapted well to his foster family’s dogs however he is still inclined to guard his food- he is working on these manners and is making progress. Willy is crate trained and has excellent potty manners. This is a sweet cuddly boy who is looking for a forever family willing to work with him a bit in order to improve on basic obedience and just love him to bits.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at www.ASDRescue.com to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.

Meet Buster Baxter – ADOPTED!

Buster Baxter Buster Baxter5 Buster Baxter4 Buster Baxter3Buster Baxter is a four year old 20 lb Rat Terrier mix who came to Atlantic Small Dog Rescue from an overcrowded shelter in Chicago.

Buster Baxter is good with dogs and cats, but should not be in a home with small children because he is a resource guarder. His foster family is currently working on this issue, and with time he is expected to be a polite dog in every way.

Buster Baxter likes people and is a curious, interactive little dog. If you think you would like to help him overcome his one issue – resource guarding – he will pay you back with love and laughs.

Buster Baxter’s adoption fee is $250.

All of our dogs are in private foster homes throughout Nova Scotia. We do not work out of a facility and are therefore not open to the public. The first step in adopting a dog is completion and approval of an application. Please visit our website at www.ASDRescue.com to complete an application and learn more about Atlantic Small Dog Rescue.

Want to download an application form? Copy the following link into your browser:
http://www.asdrescue.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Adoption-Application.pdf

When your application is complete you can send it to applications@asdrescue.com. We will check your references and arrange for a home visit. Please note, only one reference can be a family member and none of the references should be from people who live in the same household.