Nearly 70 dogs and puppies from commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest were airlifted to Missouri and Connecticut for transfer to shelters.
On October 27, the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness. started a rescue mission to rescue dogs including French Bulldogs, Poodles and Shih Tzus.
“Across the country, shelters are full, while commercial breeders — otherwise known as puppy mills — are dropping their breeding dogs and puppies at an increased rate, due to slowing sales,” Brittany said. Schlacter, spokesperson for the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Newsweek.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that approximately 3.1 million dogs will enter animal shelters in the United States each year, and of these, approximately 390,000 will be euthanized.
Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States claims that there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the United States, of which less than 3,000 are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture.
A puppy mill is an inhumane commercial dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is not considered to keep overheads low and maximize profits from the sale of the animals. These places are known for breeding all types of dogs, but are especially likely to trend popular breeds on social media.
To find these abandoned dogs the support they need, the BISSELL Pet Foundation has embarked on a huge mission to move the animals to shelters in the northeast that still have space.
“BISSELL Pet Foundation is equipped to help shelters and the animals they serve through our various rescue programs,” said Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. Newsweek.
“The excitement of receiving these commercially bred dogs will bring families into the shelter who may not have previously considered adoption, giving all the animals in their care a chance to be considered. We are committed to continuing this work to meet ongoing needs.”
The dogs and puppies flew from Springfield, Missouri, to Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where they were transferred to partner shelters in that state, as well as Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
These puppies will be neutered and spayed and then they will receive all necessary veterinary care before being put up for adoption.
“We are proud to have made a difference in the lives of these dogs and puppies,” Schlacter said.
“We look forward to following their adoption journeys, as these dogs have garnered tremendous attention in their new communities. We hope their presence at these shelters will allow potential adopters to visit and discover how many wonderful pets are waiting for a second chances.”