20 September 2010

North Shore Animal League America rescues 40 dogs from puppy mill

The world's largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization, the North Shore Animal League America, will transport 40 dogs who were rescued from an inhumane commercial breeding operation in Missouri. Thanks to generous support from News Corp., the dogs, mainly Shih Tzu's and other small mixed breeds, are headed to North Shore's pet adoption headquarters in Port Washington where they will be evaluated medically and behaviorally before being made available for adoption.

Commercial breeding facilities (also known as puppy mils), account for the majority of animals sold at pet stores across the nation. The animals live in overcrowded, harsh and inhumane conditions and when they are no longer 'productive' they are often killed or sold at mill auctions for as little as 25 cents. In addition to this, puppy mills contribute heavily to pet overpopulation - nearly 4 million animals are euthanized in America annually due to homelessness, many of them pure breeds. Finding a companion animal at a shelter rather than at a pet store means saving a life!

Corporate support helps North Shore Animal League America save lives through humane relocation, shelter adoption and shelter animal awareness programs. Thousands of pure breeds and Mutt-i-grees® have been rescued from overcrowded animal shelters, puppy mills and irresponsible breeders and relocated to its no-kill headquarters in New York, where they will finally have the chance to find permanent loving homes.

North Shore Animal League America is a registered 501-c-3 charity that relies solely on private donor and corporate support - they do not receive any city, state or federal funding. To date they have saved almost 1,000,000 lives and work tirelessly in the pursuit of their vision where all companion animals will find permanent homes.

To find out more about corporate sponsorship and North Shore Animal League America, please visit www.animalleague.org.

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Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: animalleague.org