I made my way down the hall to the area where all of the puppy mill dogs were now staying, I knew what to expect, since months earlier I had adopted a Jack Russell Terrier who was rescued from a puppy mill. I rounded the corner and there they were, twenty sets of terrified eyes; little souls who all their lives had been forced to live in tiny cages, in inhumane conditions. They never knew what love was, what green grass felt like on their paws, the comfort of a warm bed and the fun of a squeaky toy, instead all they knew were the harsh cold bars that kept them locked inside of a cramped cage.
I walked around visiting with each dog; some were more willing to trust a stranger and made eye contact, some even wagged their tails, but most retreated to the back of their kennels and hid until I walked away. There was one very scared tiny mini dachshund that somehow stole my heart the second I saw her. She sat in the far corner of her kennel, trying to hide under her dog bed, she would look up at me to see if I was looking at her, then immediately divert her eyes and hide again.
This is from the Washington Humane Society blog, off a post named Safe & Sound in Washington, DC. It is very touching to read about the puppy-mill crackdown efforts in the US, and the support the humane societies give to help rehab, care for and rehome the rescued victims.
It is even more heart-warming to read further in the post that the tiny dog, named Ruby, was adopted.
Well, it turns out our little Ruby is now the first of our twenty puppy mill dogs to find her forever home, and tonight she went home with her adopters for good.
It is a roundabout, and painful way to find a good home, and Ruby’s story says some things:
- puppy mills are hell to dogs
- don’t buy pets from any businesses if you can’t be sure of their supply source – don’t be party to fueling and funding puppy mills, kitten mills, rabbit mills, chinchilla mills, hamster mills or whatever-the-animal-you-fancy-for-a-pet mills
- If you able to, adopt, not buy. There are many pet animals waiting for a home. All they need is a chance, sometimes second-chance, at life. But not all them can wait forever.
Will we see a day like this in Singapore, where mills are raided and shut down, and the animal victims rescued, cared for, and responsibly rehomed? Not to say the US is perfect in its pet mill record, but at least they are making an effort in the right direction there.