Are there such thing as puppy mill rescues? If so, i would really love to learn how I could volunteer at one.
Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue takes in a lot of puppy mill dogs, they have a wonderful program to rehabilitate the Adult dogs taken in.
They receive medical treatment and undergo an extensive program to get them ready to be placed in adoptive homes. This program is called PROJECT HOME LIFE. Here is a link to the information about their program. Education - Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue - Puppy Mill Info
My girl is a former puppy mill momma, she had a very very long journey to get healthy and to become the dog she is today. I wouldn't wish what she experienced her first two years of life on any animal. Although she is very healthy, happy, and has come a very very long way, she will never be 100%. She was abused along with not being socialized, her emotional scars are too deep. We love her just the way she is, with us, she is great. She is afraid of people she doesn't know, but will warm up to them in time, on her terms.
I just want to add, it takes a lot of money for the Rescues to get the dogs they take in from Puppy Mills healthy and to rehabilitate them. My girl's Vet bills were over $2,000 six years ago, my adoption fee of her was only $200 through the GR Rescue I adopted her from. I believe in supporting the GR Rescue especially the ones that are taking these dogs in and giving them a second chance for a life.
The ASPCA also kicked off a National NO more Puppies in Pet Stores Campaign last year.
Here are the links to the Information: ASPCA | ASPCA Launches National Nopetstorepuppies.com | A campaign by the ASPCA
I do not patronize any Pet Stores that sell puppies. I sent in the information of several Pet Stores in my area that sells animals to the ASPCA when they started this program last year.
As another member mentioned, get involved with your City Council, attend meetings and get this on their scheduled agenda to get a law passed banning the sale of Pets in Pet Stores in your area.