Operation Spring Break: How to help rescued puppy mill dogs

The mission was called Operation Spring Break but the trip to Paradise – Adrian’s Puppy Paradise – was far from a walk on the beach. Around 80 dogs of various ages were rescued after the Kankakee County State’s Attorney and Animal Control raided the puppy mill in St. Anne. While the several groups stepped up to rescue the dogs earlier this week (see story), the work has just begun as volunteers work to get the dogs ready to move onto rescue.

How you can help
Since the dogs were rescued this week by the Animal Rescue Corps, the group has put out a call for help from other animal advocates. Their team will be providing medical care and daily care for the dogs for the next 7 to 10 days at the emergency shelter in Kankakee. Caring for 80 dogs, including some small puppies, is a big job and they could use some help with the follow

They started scheduling volunteers on Wednesday morning and will need volunteers through the next 10 days. There will be two shifts at the shelter 9:00-1:00 and 1:00-5:00.  If you can assist please send the following information to volunteer@animalrescuecorps.org with the subject line Operation Spring Break:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Days/shifts available
  • Organization with which you are affiliated

ARC’s volunteer coordinator will match up your availability with the needs of the shelter, if there is a match she will add you to the schedule and contact you as soon as possible to let you know.

Rescues Needed
Before the dogs can be placed with rescue organizations, they will receive medical exams, vaccines and initial treatments. There is a mix of dogs, including Chihuahuas, Shih Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles. Some are newborns and others are adult dogs.  Rescues and shelter groups that are interested in becoming and approved ARC placement partner should email Karla Goodson at karla@animalrescuecorps.org for an application.

Once an organization is approved, she will share a webpage with the dogs’ profiles (portrait, medical, and behavior info) when that info is compiled. Some of the profiles should go live and placement could begin as early as this weekend. Interested organizations should email Karla and apply as soon as possible.<

Donations may be sent in to Animal Rescue Corps here. Check out the photos from the rescue operation courtesy of the Animal Rescue Corps.

More details will be coming soon on the background of this story. It takes a village to pull off a rescue like this and to close a puppy mill. Thank you to all that stepped up to track down the evidence and work with authorities to make this rescue possible.

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