Mar 2 2009

Bittersweet endings

A story in the Missouri Springfield News-Leader today reports since January, the Missouri Department of Agriculture has rescued over 1,100 animals from substandard facilities across the state.  That’s twice as many as the same time last year.  The Department of Ag can’t really explain why this is happening.  Here at Wayside Waifs, we are happy that over 1,100 dogs now have better conditions.


Here at Wayside, we regularly work with the Department of Agriculture when they raid a breeder and need a place to take the animals.  Just last week, we received over 25 small breed dogs from a breeder in northeast Missouri who had been shut down.  Those dogs are not yet available for adoption.  We are still treating their medical conditions.


This two year old Shih Tzu was rescued from a breeder in Missouri.  He will need his eye removed due to a corneal ulcer.

This two year old Shih Tzu was rescued from a breeder in Missouri. He will need his eye removed due to a corneal ulcer.



Also last week, an unlicensed breeder in southern Missouri operating the River Valley Puppies Kennel set fire to his kennel, home and barn after the dogs were let loose.  The Department of Ag seized over 200 dogs and they are working with shelters across the state to place them.


Stories like this make our blood boil.  We wonder how someone could see an animal as a puppy-machine and not the loving and intelligent creature they are.  Here at Wayside we have to see the ugly side of puppy mills.  One of those small breed dogs who came to us last week was missing a paw.  That’s right – a paw.  How does this happen?  Was it an accident?  A genetic defect?  We will never know.  Our team will work to make them healthy and comfortable while they are here.


What can we do?


Adopt from shelters!  Don’t look in the newspaper for a pet.  Taking home a “free to good home” pet only encourages the problem – the owner probably didn’t alter the mom or dad so this WILL happen again. 

If you have a pet at home who needs to be fixed, there are low cost options in Kansas City.  We have a list of them on our website.

Most of us who live in Missouri, know the laws regarding animal welfare are lax.  We need to consistently talk to our city- and state-elected officials to get more laws on the books to help protect our four-legged friends.


Consider donating to Wayside Waifs so we can care for these victims of abuse and neglect.


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