Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dogged Determination

Vet assistant Brandi Barden cleans out the ears of a red piebald.

It's been about 3 weeks since the puppy mill bust at Whispering Oaks Kennel in Parkersburg, W.Va., where 1,000 dogs, mostly dachshunds, were rescued and transported all over the country for medical care, socialization, and adoption. While some dogs have been adopted, many are still being fostered in homes and shelters, and are available for the perfect home. The organizations that have assisted in this effort still need your help.
The Virginian-Pilot took a look at how the Virginia Beach SPCA is coping with its increased workload after taking in 113 of the rescues, and here's an excerpt: "We couldn't have said yes to helping rescue these dogs if it wasn't for the community," said Sharon Adams, executive director of the Virginia Beach SPCA. "The response is amazing and it has strengthened our efforts to help these animals."
Volunteers have a nonstop job. Besides holding the dogs, workers are cleaning out their ears, clipping their nails and giving them baths. Dogs make the rounds between spending time in a play pen, being walked in the grass, sleeping in their crates and enjoying being held in the arms of people.
"Our costs went up one third when we took these dogs in," Adams said. "But to see the volunteers working and pushing through to get to the heart of each animal helps me know it was all worth it."
Read all about it and see more pics at the Virginian-Pilot.

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