As it usually happens, when we get a call about dogs that are in urgent need of rescue, there is no advance notice.
Friday didn’t start like a normal day. At about 7:00 a.m., we got an urgent call informing us that a puppy mill owner from a neighboring state had 70 dogs that she was surrendering, at least 18 of them were Poodles, and they needed to be removed from the home that very same day and no other choice was available. An SOS went to our transport volunteers asking for help. Finding a volunteer ready to travel out of state and renting a van or truck on such short notice was an impossible task.
Simultaneously, we were calling veterinary clinics to find one that could and would be willing to accommodate this many dogs, which needed to be isolated as a precaution. By 3:00, things were getting dire because there were no van or truck rentals to be had. Thankfully, at the 11th hour another rescue offered to drive them to Jacksonville.
Now, it was the rush against time to make it to the vet’s office before closing. With only 15 minutes to spare, Poodles of various sizes finally arrived. Some of the staff at the animal hospital generously stayed after hours to help with the dogs.
The expenses are going to be monumental. We estimate about $30,000. Boarding alone for 18 dogs is close to $400 a day including the discount. Seven of the dogs are heartworm positive, one of the little females walks like a penguin. Her knees won’t bend, her ankles point outward and she has difficulty getting around. She will likely need orthopedic surgery. Each of the dogs need to be either spayed or neutered, as well as receive treatment for ear and skin infections. Most of them have parasitic infections (round and hookworm), some are severely malnourished, many have periodontal disease and they are all scared to death!
These poor babies have a long road ahead of them and the dedicated foster volunteers who will take care of them will have quite a job, not only nursing them back to health but socializing them, getting them to trust humans. You can be a part of their journey by contributing to their care. No amount is too small.
If you are, or know someone you know, have fostered and is EXPERIENCED WITH PUPPY MILL OR UNSOCIALIZED
live in the Jacksonville area and want to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org