New Year’s Eve was a very special day for 13 puppy mill dogs from Iowa. HUA and Almost Home Canine Rescue volunteers drove a combined 500 miles round trip to rescue the dogs from a breeder in Iowa who is now out of business. These were the last of her breeding stock. Our adorable passengers made not a peep on the ride, with the exception of one spunky Pekingese fellow who expressed his desire to get to where we were going already! Some of the dogs were shaved down by the breeder, but others were filthy, matted messes. The smell in the car was overwhelming. Upon arrival all of the dogs were very afraid of what would happen next and were reluctant to come out of their crates. Curiosity got the best of some of them, who hopped out to check us out. Others had to be gently removed while they fought to stay in their crates, safe from the human contact that they thought may cause them harm. They were all stiff as a board with fright when they had their pictures taken and were soon taken to playpens with warm blankets and good tasting soft food. By the time we left all were settled in with full tummies, looking comfortable and relaxed. We are happy that one more breeder is out of business, never to cause emotional or physical harm to another dog. We look forward to seeing what the new year brings for these 13 precious poodles, schnauzers, and papillons. They are now safe and loved for the first time in their lives and will have the opportunity to know good health and be adopted to the happy homes that they always should have had.
Meet the new arrivals: