- The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
, Inc. (ARF
), the leading animal welfare agency on the East End of Long Island, announced its plan to rescue another group of breeder dogs from puppy mills. This is ARF's fourth rescue this year. In collaboration with its partner, Best Friends Animal Society and their "Puppies Aren't Products" Campaign, these dogs will be placed up for adoption instead of being euthanized.
ARF's Michele Forrester hands one of the puppy mill dogs to volunteer Bucky Benzenberg.
A puppy mill is a dog breeding facility that produces puppies in large numbers usually to be sold on the internet and in pet stores. The breeder dogs live their lives in chicken wire cages and are forced to reproduced, litter after litter. The dogs receive limited human contact and poor veterinary care, if any. Once these breeder dogs grow older and are no longer useful, most are typically killed. Younger dogs are also discarded for minor medical issues, usually a result of over breeding.
These dogs are on their way to a better life. ARF Operations Director, Michele Forrester
, along with ARF volunteers, will transport this group of dogs to the ARF Adoption Center, 90 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott. With the help of Best Friends Animal Society, the nationally acclaimed Animal Sanctuary in Utah and the inspiration for the National Geographic
program "Dogtown" these dogs will soon be on their way to the staging facility in New York for the rescue pickup.
Last year, ARF participated in the rescue of 525 dogs from puppy mills and hopes to exceed that number in 2010.
As soon as the puppy mill dogs are bathed, groomed, neutered and medically cleared, they will be put up for adoption.