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Puppy Mill Dogs Ready for Adoption

February 6, 2014

Dogs from Cruelty Case Ready for Adoption Starting Feb. 7

On Feb. 6 the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced that 27 dogs and 2 cats seized last month from a substandard breeding facility called Dream Catcher Kennels in Nancy, Ky., will be transferred to Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) to be made available for adoption.

Several of these pets will be ready for adoption on Friday, Feb. 7, at the KHS Main Campus, 241 Steedy Drive, Louisville. More will become available this weekend.

How to Adopt

Given the tremendous interest and the background of these dogs, KHS has implemented a special adoption process for the former puppy mill dogs. To adopt a pet from this case, potential adopters must come in person to the KHS Main Campus located at 241 Steedly Drive. Potential adopters must complete a pre-screening owner survey application in person. We will only accept 5 applications on each pet. Potential adopters will be notified when their application has been approved. The Main Campus is open for adoptions 11 a.m.-6 p.m. every day.

It has taken a long time and many resources to get these pets ready for adoption. Therefore, adoption fees are $350 and discounts do not apply. No holds will be allowed on these pets. The higher adoption fees will help other animals who will be in our care for much longer time periods. We appreciate your patience with this process. 

Special Needs of Puppy Mill Dogs

"Dogs from puppy mills often have more psychological needs than other pets," says Susan Oppel, shelter operations director. "Because of this, the adoption process for these pets will be more intensive. We want to make sure that potential adopters are prepared to meet the unique needs of these dogs."

Puppy mill dogs typically lack proper socialization. They often bond quickly with other dogs, but they may take longer to trust people, according to Oppel.

In addition, puppy mill dogs have typically been forced to urinate and defecate in their cages, so housetraining can be more difficult and time consuming.

Adopters need to consider these possible factors when committing to one of these special animals.

"We need patient adopters who understand that rehabilitating former puppy mill dogs is a process that requires time, patience and lots of love," says Oppel. "It is well worth the effort to see these dogs blossom and become beloved companion animals, but it does take love and dedication."

KHS is encouraging adopters to commit to a KHS dog training class at a reduced fee of $60. Dog training classes can help shy dogs build confidence and can help strengthen the bond between the dogs and their owners.

Other Pets from This Case

Two cats were also removed from the puppy mill. The adult cat will be placed in the KHS Working Cats program, designed for cats who do not qualify for home adoption because of behavior issues. The kitten, named Nancy Drew, is available for adoption.

A few of the dogs released to KHS will be placed in foster care until their medical conditions clear up or until they are old enough to be spayed or neutered.

Some dogs that need behavioral rehabilitation for extreme fear and under-socialization will be transported to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J., where animal behavior experts will provide treatment to improve their well-being and help them become suitable for adoption. The remaining dogs will be transported to a humane society in Ohio for adoption.

Learn More

Read the ASPCA's press release