Homeless dogs all want a loving home, but not every dog has behaved so softly and contently when first getting adopted. It must have to take a little while, and just like the recently adopted lucky dog, Noisette, who is “gradually adjusting” to life outside of a filthy cage. “Often survivors of puppy mills are scared, a little feral in the sense that they hadn’t been socialized,” says Wuhrer, who helps run Dogs XL Rescue, a Baltimore-based big dogs group that helped with the bust.
Meet Noisette. She is thought to be somewhere between 1 and 3 years old, and was in rough shape when she was rescued. She was dehydrated, with bad eyes and bad teeth, and was suffering from malnutrition on top of being anemic and covered in fleas, dirt and feces. Emotionally, she wasn’t doing so well, either.
Boomer is a lucky dog. His foster mom is a volunteer with Mutts Matter, a Rockville-based animal rescue group and one of several partner organizations rehabilitating and finding the animals permanent homes.
“These dogs came in and they had never seen compassion before,” said Kristin Lamoureaux.
“These animals were living in their own feces and urine with high levels of ammonia. They had eye issues, respiratory issues,” added Scotlund Haisley, the founder of Animal Rescue Corps.
“Seeing the dogs rest their head on a bed for the first time, seeing them eat clean food, seeing them nuzzle up—that breakthrough moment when they realize you’re not gonna hurt them—it’s incredibly gratifying,” added Lamoureaux.
Anyone interested in adopting the dogs rescued from this puppy mill can visit www.animalrescuecorps.org.