You may remember my recent post about the ugly truth of puppy mills. Puppy mill rescues can initially be absolutely terrified of everything. This is because during their life in a puppy mill, they were kept in horrid conditions, locked in cages 24/7 and were only used for the purpose of constant breeding. They stand and sit in their own urine and defecation. They do not know or understand love or the human touch. Therefore if they are lucky enough to be rescued out of these conditions, they literally are petrified of experiencing a normal life. Puppy mill rescues need an adopter with patience and love and who is willing to take the time to help them learn they can trust a human again. It is an amazing feeling to watch the transformation of a puppy mill rescue and know they will be forever grateful for your companionship.
Mimi is an ADORABLE little black poodle I met and photographed yesterday. However, she is a puppy mill rescue and was literally frozen in fear when I first met her. She needs time and understanding to help her learn what a normal life should consist of.
I want to give a quick shout out to a couple of my favorite organizations who assist in my rescue efforts:
Liks LLC contributes greatly to my cause of photographing rescue dogs. Owner, Kyndra Jade, donates fabulous flower and bowtie collar accessories to any adoptable dog I photograph. Not only do they look beautiful while modeling the accessories, but they get to keep the product at no charge! How can you NOT love someone who offers that to the rescue community? If you are inclined, take a moment to send Kyndra an e-mail at Kyndra@petliks.com and thank her for her generosity.
HeARTs Speak is an organization I am a member of. They are working to unite the individual efforts of animal artists and animal rescues into collective action for social change. Their goal is to connect animal artists to animal rescues to improve adoptability and ultimately, to reduce the number of animals euthanized each year. They just recently introduced a wonderful new watermark for their members to use on adoptable dog photos. I have implemented this on the photos below!
Heather Zimmerman is fostering sweet Mimi. Please call 913-710-2466 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.