For many people, seven is a lucky number. But, for one puppy mill survivor it’s the number 14 that is worth celebrating. Moxie, who spent his first 12 years in a mill, is celebrating his 14 birthday in a big way – he’s raising funds to help 14 other dogs catch their freedom ride with the National Mill Dog Rescue.
Moxie – who submitted a blog post over the holidays – has launched Moxie’s Birthday Wish with the goal of getting people to donate $14 so that he can raise enough for 14 puppy mill rescues. So far, the campaign has been quite the success, raking in more than the initial goal.
Now the move is on to raise even more money to help more dogs to safety and their happy ending after years of being in a puppy mill. These days, Moxie is living the good life. He was adopted by one of his rescuers at the National Mill Dog Rescue and is now part of the rescue team…helping spring other puppy mill dogs on various missions. He also loves riding in his stroller and going to adoption and awareness events. Moxie’s goal is to meet people and tell his own story about his life in a puppy mill.
He has come a long, long way since he was pulled out of a mill with fur so matted that it was nearly impossible to see his face. He was missing his lower jaw and had just two teeth left.
When he was first rescued, Moxie was so traumatized; it took him two weeks for his heart and spirit to heal enough to even acknowledge much around him. Then, it took time to walk. Now, Moxie likes to run and loves to spread the word about puppy mills and their connection to pet stores.
You can read more about Moxie in the original post – More than a little Moxie: Puppy mill rescue discovers freedom at 12 – and support the effort for Moxie to save more dogs at the campaign site. At 14, Moxie is so very lucky and very happy. Hopefully, many more dogs will soon be getting the same taste of freedom and will soon be leaving the puppy mill behind for a family of their very own.
Read more about the National Mill Dog Rescue –
- Rescuing the Rescuers at the National Mill Dog Rescue
- A puppy mill rescue shares her letter to Santa
- Puppy mill survivor rescues son and daughter during Harley to the Rescue
- A dog’s eye view of a puppy mill rescue
- Lil’ Olive: Was this puppy mill rescue too damaged to love
- From puppy mill to home: The New Life of Riley
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