Dogs who spent years in a puppy mill comfort each other after being rescued! They are finally safe and they are no longer prisoners!
Tulip and Violet are 5 or 6 years old and these sweet souls spent most of their lives in the wire cages of a puppy mill, producing litter after litter of expensive puppies. Those puppies get sold in pet stores and online too. Last Thursday, they were finally rescued and freed from this cruel life, along with two other dogs too. Their first stop, once the rescuers freed them from the cages, was a veterinary clinic. There Tulip and Violet comforted each other in the waiting room and it was such a heartbreaking sight.
“It was almost as if they knew they were finally safe and no longer prisoners,” says Renee Martini, the founder of the Delaware-based nonprofit Renee’s Rescues. “I truly believe that all living beings are capable of having empathy and also of an emotional connection”.
On the day of Tulip and Violet’s rescue, Martini’s co-rescuer Cecilia DiPrima just went to another puppy mill.
Wearing some kind of disguise, as usual, she told the puppy mill’s owner her name was “L”. DePrima and Martini most often give to breeders is that they actually supply dogs to medical testing laboratories, and offer a small amount of money, about $20-40, typically. These are the dogs who would likely get killed, since they were no longer useful to the puppy mill, if Martini or DiPrima did not take them away.
DiPrima was able to take 4 female dogs, Lily, Tulip, Violet and Rose.One shih tzu, a bichon frise and also two Yorkshire terriers, who spent their entire lives just being bred. They lived in a small wire enclosure,” Martini says.
These dogs have a lot of health problems that are being treated. Severe matting, bad teeth, also ear infections, but it is nothing that they can’t overcome. The medical care is just one part of saving these poor puppy mill dogs. They are animals who did not have many good experiences with humans before. It can sometimes take quite a long time for them to show signs of trust to the new people.
These 4 lucky ones went to foster homes. Within the first 24 hours, three of them begun to come out of their shells. wagging their tails, also asking to be pet. Two of them are already adopted and for sure the rest of them will get their loving homes soon. They deserve all the love in the world!