I saw this on the news last night. The reporter said the dogs are mostly poodles and Yorkies. The Anti-Cruelty Society isn't ready to receive inquiries from potential adopters yet, because the dogs must receive physicals and appropriate health care (including immunizations), have their personalities assessed and the staff determines which ones can go home first (what types of homes - with kids, other pets, etc.) and which will stay there for more care before they can be cleared for adoptions. The reporter said the first ones will be ready for new homes in about 1-2 weeks or so - and that people should watch the Anti-Cruelty Web site, because they will post a message when the dogs are ready but until then, please no calls yet. The Anti-Cruelty staff felt that most could go to either an apartment or a bigger home once they're ready, because they are mostly smaller dogs. And for people who care about this but don't wish to adopt, they always accept donations and inquiries about volunteer applications. It was a good story.
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Rescued Dogs Arrive In Chicago
By Dick Johnson
Updated 10:37PM CDT, Monday, April 26, 2010
While their faces are certainly cute, their life stories decidedly are not.
Nearly 100 dogs, mostly designer breed puppies, arrived in Chicago Monday night for what is hopefully the beginning of a better life.
Rescued last week during a raid on a 1,200 square foot home in Tennessee by the Humane Society's Puppy Mill Talk Force, the dogs travelled to Chicago in a specially-outfitted trailer the length of three large SUVs.
"These animals are very relieved," said Justin Scally, the Manager of the Puppy Mill Talk Force for the U.S. Humane Society. "There's a noticeable difference from the time that they were removed from the puppy mill and were placed in the emergency shelter, and each day they have gotten better."
Several dozen Anti-Cruelty Society volunteers were at the ready, welcoming the pups home and beginning the unglamorous work of cleaning the dogs and clearing them medically before placing them up for adoption.
While some could be ready for adoption in a few days, the skittish among them could be housed longer until they're more social.
"First we have to calm them down, then feed them and do medical checks and give the kind of care and attention they need," said Anti-Cruelty Society President Dr. Robyn Barbiers.
Nationwide, the Humane Society last year raided a dozen puppy mills and rescued 3,700 dogs and cats. Last week's raid at Gayla's Poodle Palace in Sparta, Tenn., saved 225 designer dogs. Eighty-two of them were well enough to be transported to Chicago. Nashville and Bowling Green, Kentucky also received some of the animals.