St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center welcomes rescued puppies

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  1. Pippin

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    Jun 30, 2009
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    Puppies of all sizes and shapes arrived in Madison NJ on Monday, all refugees from the puppy mills in the Midwest.

    More than 75 St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center staff members and volunteers, including two members of the Underdog to Wonderdog cable television show on Animal Planet, lined the driveway at the shelter on Monday, Aug. 24. Some were nervous, some were whispering, some were on the verge of tears, but all were happily awaiting the arrival of 120 puppy mill dogs rescued from the Midwest. The dogs were saved by National Mill Dog Rescue Director Theresa Strader and her staff of 450 volunteers based in Colorado.

    With the help of Transportation Coordinator Darrell Rhodes, Strader set out on an odyssey early Thursday morning, Aug. 20, from Colorado. With Rhodes at the wheel of the "Lily Mobile" RV, they traveled to Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas, saving a total of 120 dogs from being destroyed. After four consecutive 20-hour days, Strader and Rhodes were living on adrenaline when they pulled into the parking lot of St. Hubert's. Feeling tired and emotionally drained, Strader was grateful for the crowd that greeted them.

    Sassy, a female french Bulldog, was the first canine handed off to Jackie Fahey, Director of Animal Welfare at St. Hubert's, and her team of staff and volunteers. Kindered spirits, Fahey and Strader share a love of dogs and a hope that one day the puppy mills and disreputable breeders will be put out of business for good.

    "Knowledge is power when it comes to the injustices of puppy mills and auctions," said Strader. "Getting as many people aware of the deplorable conditions and inhumane treatment that these dogs are subjected to is the goal," she continued. "Each one I rescue has a piece of my heart. I'm just so happy to see them out and being given some much needed affection," Strader concluded.

    "Unloved and unwanted, these 120 dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds, and ages have been through a harrowing ordeal. They have been forced to live in cramped conditions with little or no positive human contact, minimal medical care, and inadequate food and shelter. The atrocities they have suffered are unimaginable," said Fahey. "Our first concern is to evaluate the canines from a medical standpoint -- their neglect is evident from the rotten teeth to overgrown nails to malnutrition. Then, we hope to show them some much needed love and affection, as well as, socialization with others," added Fahey.

    After the dogs were taken off the "Lily Mobile", named in honor of Strader's first rescue dog, they were numbered, given a chance to stretch their legs in the grass (which for some was a first-time experience), inoculated, and given a physical examination. Once these were completed, the staff began the process of bathing, grooming, and evaluating their temperament. St. Hubert's will then spay and neuter the dogs before placing their adoption information on its website.

    "The amazing thing about these dogs is that they live for the moment. They forgive and forget. They are resilient and make the best companions," concluded Strader.

    Founded in 1939, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of companion animals. They offer pet adoption and animal rescue, animal-assisted therapy, humane education, dog training, and pet loss support. St. Hubert's, with both Madison and North Branch locations, provides care fore more than 4,000 animals annually. For more information, call 973-377-7094, or visit their website at


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