As I sit here this morning, I am overwhelmed at the generosity, love and caring that has been shown to us time and time again at MPMR. We have just celebrated our one year anniversary and what a blessing this month has been! In fact, what a blessing this YEAR has been!
We have come a long way from attending the classes at UMKC on how to set up a not for profit, to forming our Board of Directors, to applying for our state license, our 501 c 3 status, remodeling a bit of the house and getting the grounds ready, purchasing equipment needed, establishing policies and procedures, making our presence known to our local community, building up and establishing our volunteer team, establishing outreach programs (Paw Pantry, Reading in the Classroom, participation in Pets4Life), educating the public to trips to Jefferson City to share our stories with our Representatives and Senators...and somewhere in the midst of all that, we began to accept mill dogs in our care, show them love, compassion and care and watch them change before our very eyes! What a wonderful year it has been!
Just a few statistics for the record:
MPMR has had 50 dogs come through the doors from June 1, 2016 thru May 31, 2017
We have placed 17 of them in homes
We have sent 16 of them out to area rescues
2 of our dear guests have crossed to the Rainbow Bridge
Our volunteers have logged over 1200 hours
Speaking of volunteers....yes...let's talk volunteers! I am certain we have the best volunteer team EVER! This group of amazing people has come together to do everything from cleaning crates to making the hours long trip to Jefferson City to advocate for our guests or to take time off to attend an out of town event, meet a breeder to pick up dogs or whatever else they may be called upon to do. They show up every day and work with our guests...to give them the confidence they need to trust humans. This rescue is stronger because of our volunteer team! We are forever grateful for their dedication and commitment to MPMR.
Then their is our "extended family." These are the team members who visit us daily via social media, may visit us occassionally at the rescue, or those we may meet as we are out in the community. Our extended family includes girl scouts, Sunday School classes, small businesses, corporate businesses, families, and individuals. We are even stronger because of our extended family team members!!
Last year at this time, people were wondering if I was crazy...why would I want to make my home a sanctuary for dogs....why start an animal rescue IN MY HOUSE! Today...they may still think I am crazy, but I hope they have a better understanding why....50 dogs whose lives were saved!! Countless numbers of people who were touched in one way or another by the stories, the lives, the work of MPMR. 17 families now have a canine family member to teach them lessons of forgiveness, love, compassion and care.
A year ago I invited everyone to join me on a journey to make a difference in the world...one dog and one human at a time. Many have accepted that invitation in whatever capacity they could. As we begin year 2, the invitation still stands....this year won't you please join us on a journey to make a difference in the world...one dog and one human at a time.
Thank you to everyone who has come alongside us this year, because of you MPMR is stronger! We are so very honored to be moving forward in year 2 and remember....
Together we can make a difference!
As we ring in the year 2017, I can't help but feel grateful and so very blessed for the year 2016.
When my husband unexpectedly passed away in 2013, I wondered if the dream we had of offering care to mill dogs would be something I would have to give up. Fortunately, with much support from family and friends and a lot of grit and determination on my part, the dream was not lost. In fact, it blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined.
We now offer sanctuary, rehabilitation and adoption for mill dogs right here in our home. We are a licensed 501 c 3 organization with a $15000. budget in our first 6 months of operation. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who have spent over 650 hours in a variety of areas from groundskeeping to dog care to adoption events to website management to hosting fundraisers. We have rescued 20 dogs from dire situations, placed 11 of them with families and have grieved the loss of 2 of our senior dogs.
Our Canine Rehab Team has excelled in coming alongside our rescued dogs and modeling dog behavior for them. Sooner, Ruby, Marley, Marina and Suzie you are the BEST pack ever!!! We have also grieved the loss of our littlest Rehab Team member this year, Maverick.
A big part of our mission is to educate the public about the puppy mill industry. After all, Missouri is the #1 worst state on the Humane Society's Horrible 100 list once again. In previous years, Missouri has held that spot with 20-24 worst puppy mills in the nation. In the last report the state of Missouri bumped up to 30 of the worst puppy mills in the nation! That is 30 out of 100! Almost 1/3 of the worst puppy mills in the nation are in Missouri! That is simply unacceptable!
As citizens of Missouri, we need to step up and be a voice for these precious souls who have no voice. We must legislate for tougher standards, but we also must provide funding and accountability to our government agencies so they can enforce the standards we currently have. We also must spread the word about not buying dogs in pet stores AND on line. This industry is truly a supply and demand industry. No demand the supply will stop. Please do not support with your hard earned dollars ANY store which sells dogs.. Do not buy ONE THING from them...not one treat...not one bag of dogfood...nothing! Do not walk in their doors! Only support pet stores that have a humane adoption model. Please...please do not buy your dogs from on-line sites. This has opened a whole new avenue of revenue for mill breeders. Please consider adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter. You can find purebreed dogs in shelters and rescues. If you decide you must buy a puppy from a breeder, never purchase a puppy without meeting the dogs parents, seeing where they live and contacting their vet for a reference. A quality breeder will be happy to show you these things and share with you this information and more. A quality breeder will be asking you questions about your lifestyle, what you are looking for in a dog, and want the dog back if it doesn't work out.
Please share the #adoptdontshop message with everyone you know!
People often tell me they couldn't do what we do, how do we do it? While we know to well the realities of where our rescued dogs come from, we also know it's through no fault of their own. They didn't ask to be used to breed puppies for profit and human greed. They didn't ask to be housed overcrowded in a wire cage with no human contact, vet care, exercise or even sunlight. They had no choice in the life they have lived. We feel they deserve to know what a real home is and the joys of life outside the cage. They deserve to know the feeling of grass beneath their feet, the feeling of the wind blowing in their face, the joy of running and sniffing and smelling and playing! The joy of feeling love from a human...the joy of being petted, of snuggling, of feeling good because they have had proper vet care...the joy of being a dog!
We are proud to be able to focus on providing those things to the rescued souls we serve.
We will never be a Wayside Waifs or Great Plains...frankly, we don't want to be. We take great pride in doing whatever we can in our corner of the world to make the world a brighter place for both canine and human beings! We may be small but we are making a difference...just look at the rescued lives we have saved and the volunteers and adoptive families whose lives they have touched!! We look forward to continuing our life saving mission and sharing our message in 2017!!! We do hope you will join us!
As I sit down to write this it is after a long emotional day. So forgive me if my thoughts are a bit scattered. I will do my best to keep them organized.
The day began at 3:30 am to the sounds of our dear sweet Rocky having a seizure. After awaking and realizing what was happening, I comforted him and placed him on the dogbed at my bedside. He rested comfortably for a bit longer. At 6:30 am another followed. I gathered him up and took him to the vet. As we were driving to the vet, he wanted me to touch and caress him. I could tell by his body language he wanted the physical contact. So I, of course, honored his wishes.
The diagnosis for Rocky was grimm. You see, Rocky came to us in January of this year from Craigslist. His human daddy had passed away and the gentleman who was in charge of going through and liquidating his estate could not take on Rocky. So he was looking for a home for Rocky. But Rocky was not an ordinary dog. Rocky had a huge growth on his snout. Rocky was released to me and in coordination with Angels Left Behind Animal Rescue funds were raised to have the delicate surgery to remove what was actually a malignant tumor. Rocky was a fighter through it all. He prevailed to the wonderful vet care of Dr. Brenin at Crest Animal Hospital. But over the last few months his health has declined. He has gone blind, not eating as well and generally sleeping most of the day. Today we discovered he has an abdominal tumor. So most likely the cancer has returned. The decision was made to ease his transition to the Rainbow Bridge. That is never an easy decision.
However, I take great joy in knowing Rocky. This little guy has taught me alot about myself. I loved that he was able to explore the Colorado mountains with me and the Grand Canyon before his life on this earth ended. It wasn't long after that trip he lost his eyesight. I loved the little growling noise he made every time I would go to pet him. I always wondered what that growl meant to him. I loved his little wiggle butt when he would lean up against me and beg to be loved! I loved that on his final day on this earth he wanted physical contact with me and I was able to provide it for him. I am so very grateful I was able to love a little dog named Rocky!
As I continue on my day...Final plans are being made to place our dear Luna with her forever family, a home visit for our sweet Tucker, and I place our precious pup Snickers, now Gatsby, with his forever family. I am so very happy for each of these pups. They are about to begin their new life...a life of love and care which they previously have not known. I am so very grateful for the families who have opened their hearts and homes to these precious souls. I know they are in for the love of their lives...for a companion through thick and thin...the love only a dog can give. What a blessing!
What an emotional day at Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue! But as I lay here with 2 dogs at my side and two on the floor below, I wouldn't have it any other way. It's all a part of the circle of life. It's all about doing what you can, where you can, when you can and helping others on the journey!
It has felt like an eternity creating a new rescue! So much paperwork, prepping, getting state approval, recruiting volunteers, etc, etc! Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue is "officially official" and we want to introduce ourselves to you.
We have had our hands full getting up and running but we are finally up to full speed ahead! We have recently taken in 8 dogs from several different breeders. It has been an adventure getting all of them settled in here at Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue! While these dogs are "starting from scratch" and keeping our hard working volunteers hopping, we also have other rescued guests who have been getting the hang of their new lifestyles. Let me tell you, they prefer the good life of a "house-pet-in-training" to their former jobs as "puppy producers"! There are even a few ready to find their new homes so while our site is under construction, you can keep up with us via our facebook page :
We have been busy with raffles to help with the costs of a few of our guests in need of expensive surgeries or heartworm treatments as well as introducing ourselves to the public and rescue community. We have even had a few speaking engagements to help educate groups to the facts of puppy mills. It has been a lot of work but the rewards to follow are definitely worth the effort!
The goals for Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue are simple. We rescue, rehabilitate, and find homes for small breed dogs. We also educate the public to what a puppy mill is and how they mistakenly support this industry. Educated consumers will be the best defense against the puppy mill industry. We strive to educate people so they can make the best choice when it comes to finding a new companion to add to their home.
Stay tuned for more from Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue - It is great to be here!
Missouri Puppy Mill Rescue