Mill dogs often have extensive medical as well as psychological issues requiring a special type of rescue to help them recover from years of neglect. Many K9MR dogs require life changing surgeries and procedures beyond the routine vaccines and spay/neuter, such as, tumor removals, heart worm treatment, hernia repairs, broken bone repair or amputation of limbs, mange and fungus treatments, treatment for tetanus, luxating patellas, etc…. Please donate to the medical care for our survivors! Helping them receive vet care, move into rescues or foster homes and transform from a puppy-mill dog to a family member is a truly rewarding experience! Please make a donation, no value is too large or small – all funds go directly to the dogs! Your support is very much appreciated and 100% will go to help rescue these dogs from the breeding industry.
We have been very busy here at K9MR and have been asked to accepted another 25 pups this weekend! Currently we have 12 dogs in our care in foster homes or at the vet receiving care and we need your help! 50% of the 75 dogs we have rescues in the first 6 months received life-saving and or life-changing vet care provided by K9MR – and our bills are piling up. Please help us if you can – your donation in any amount goes directly to the dogs!
Dear K9 Mill Rescue Friends and Family,
Lil’ Ruby here! I am very excited about my first real Christmas and I wanted to share a bit about what I have seen and heard since I was saved from a breeding mill back in July. My new Mom, Joann and her friends, Debra and Jen officially formed K9 Mill Rescue in June of this year. In just the first 6 months they have driven more than 5,000 miles, rescued 75 dogs, 50% of whom received life-saving/changing vet care, advocated and found forever homes for 18 of my lucky friends, helped one old girl cross the rainbow bridge with love and dignity; all while networking with other groups they call their “Placement Partners” that stepped up to accept 44 dogs into their programs!
**DFW Pug Rescue Club* *Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas* *Little Paws Big Hearts*
*OK Save A Dog* *Katy’s Promise Rottweiler Rescue* *DFW Lab Rescue* *Short Mugs*
*Texas Italian Greyhound* *North Texas Basset Rescue* *DFW Tzu’s and More *
*Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin* *Recycled Poms and Schipperke Rescue*
*Furry Friendzy* *Dachshund Lovers of Texas* *Homeward Bound Dog Rescue*
*Maltese Rescue of OKC* *IGCA Texas/Oklahoma* *Russell Rescue*
As I write this letter, I have 12 K9MR friends in foster care or at one of our clinics, with vet bills totaling more than $6,000 already! Our vet clinics are AWESOME! We are cared for by: Bowie Pet Clinic, Athens Animal Clinic and Westcreek Animal Clinic.
The girls are always working on other things too like paperwork: developing forms, record keeping of all the dogs and filing for something call 501c3 non-profit status. They were really excited when K9MR was approved in November! I try to help too. I really wanted a picture of myself to be the group logo, but I was outvoted!. They promised I could post my picture anytime I wanted on Facebook (K9 Mill Rescue) and the new website (www.k9millrescue.org), so I decided the logo they picked was a good second choice!
Lastly, I was asked to send out a big THANK YOU HOWL to all K9 Mill Rescue supporters including: donors, volunteers, placement partners, transporters and everyone in between that have helped make the launch of K9 Mill Rescue a success! I am living proof of recovery after life in the mill! I am feeling healthier everyday and enjoying the good life with loving humans and my new, happy four-legged friends. Your continued support will amount to more happy tails, I just know it!
Whew! That was exhausting….time for my nap! Happy Holidays!
Jen traveled to get her and tears flowed. Lil’ Ruby was a skin disaster. She smelled bad and her skin was so infected that she had chewed her legs raw. Jen brought her into K9MR’s rescue but made a pit stop at her house where she scrubbed her little thin body to help her relieve her itching.
You see Lil’ Ruby was a former breeding dog and had many litters of puppies to bring in money for a breeder. Her belly nearly drug the floor and was swollen and red.
Once she was relieved and slumbered overnight with Jen she was taken to our vet. Dr. Barlow examined Lil’ Ruby and determined she had Demodex mange, yeast and some staph infections and her road to recovery was going to be long.
She has under gone Demodex mange treatment and still receives medicated baths twice a week.
Her skin is better but still healing. Once she gained a little weight and was deemed healthy enough to proceed with her vet care she was spay (No more babies), vaccinated, heartworm tested (negative) and micro chipped. When she was ready to go to foster care, we were in tears when we picked her up and saw that Dr. Barlow made her beautiful. Dr. Barlow removed all her stretched nipples and now she does not drag the ground.
Lil’ Ruby has puppy mill syndrome. Things we take for granted daily, she has never seen. She still fears walking on the grass. Ruby runs from the ceiling fan and cower ‘s when you try to pet her. All these things she will overcome in time with a lot of patience.
Lil’ Ruby is our mascot dog and will co pilot on our rescue efforts when she is not busy writing our blog. Lil’ Ruby will help educate the public on special articles and events.