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Puppy Mills and Shelter Dogs

Posted by ranchdogrescue on August 12, 2009 at 2:01 AM Comments comments (0)

Today's puppy mill bust in Kaufman, TX will quickly be big news for the DFW area. Hundreds of volunteers will generously donate their time and resources to help care for these recently rescued dogs and puppies. The general public will hear all about the horrible conditions that these 600+ dogs have lived in and contact numbers will be flashed on our television screens for those wanting to adopt one of these dogs. These are all good things, but this is not the whole story.

What you will not hear or read is that approximately the same number of dogs who are already anxiously awaiting homes in shelters will be euthanized, because there simply isn't room for all of them. The rescues quickly fill up with the flood of dogs from the puppy mill busts, and consequently have no room to take in other dogs from the shelters. The shelters temporarily lose a valuable resource for placing their dogs. The puppy mill dogs take priority, and are unlikely to be euthanized due to the publicity they receive and being placed directly into rescues. Nobody wants to hear that these dogs were rescued only to be euthanized because they weren't adopted. But the fact is, the "unknown" dogs will be euthanized instead. Dogs who are well socialized. Dogs who have once known love, and through no fault of their own, end up homeless in a shelter. Good dogs. Hundreds, even thousands of them. They are the ones who will pay the price so that we may help the ones we've rescued from the puppy mills.

What is the solution? Is there a solution? Solving the pet overpopulation problem is multi-faceted.

Never-ever buy from a puppy mill! This means that if you buy from a breeder, you must thoroughly check them out to be assured they are not a puppy mill. No puppy mill will advertise themselves as such. Pet store puppies and kittens, unless from a shelter or rescue are nearly always from puppy or kitten mills.

Spay or neuter your pets. There are low-cost spay/neuter clinics available in most areas of our country. Accidental breeding accounts for thousands of puppies and kittens every year.

Make sure that your pet has ID tags on at all times. Better yet get them microchipped, and keep the information updated. Lost pets can wind up many miles from home. Nobody ever expects their beloved pet to become lost, and yet it happens every day. Your pet could end up in a shelter a very long way from home, and without identification, there is no way to find you.

If you can provide a life-long, loving home for a pet, opt to adopt instead of buying from a breeder. Do your homework, and know exactly what kind of pet will fit into your lifestyle. If you want a purebred, there are many rescues that specialize in particular breeds. Purebreds can be found regularly in shelters as well. Don't rule out adult or senior pets. They are often already trained and can blend into your family almost seamlessly.

If you already own a pet, be responsible to that pet for life. There are few truly legitimate reasons for giving up a pet.

If you have a single cat or dog, consider adopting another. Most animals love having an animal companion.

Volunteer your time or services to a shelter or rescue. Donations of money or items are always needed and appreciated as well.

If you have already adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue, spread the word about how wonderful your adopted companion is. Encourage your friends and family to adopt when they are ready to add a new pet to their lives.

Until everyone is made aware just how critical the pet over-population problem is, and begins to act responsibly, the problem will continue. Those of us who look into the gentle eyes of so many unloved dogs and cats every day, ask for you to help us help them.

Misty Panzino




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July 27, 2009

Posted by ranchdogrescue on July 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM Comments comments (5)

Greetings Dog Fans!

The Dog Days of Summer have arrived here at RanchDog Rescue in more ways than one!

We currently have a very full house with 5 fabulous canine rescue residents. Each and every one of these awesome dogs was actually scheduled for euthanasia in a shelter! We have made so many new contacts with other rescues, volunteers, and shelters in the past month. You can see Oakley, Teddy, Freckles, Trixie, and Mitzi at http://www.ranchdogrescue.com/ouravailabledogs.htm

We’re so excited to now be an official distributor of organic herbal remedies by Amber Technology! We had heard great things about these products and have had the opportunity to experience for ourselves how well they work. We have successfully brought several puppies through Parvovirus with these all natural remedies. One of these puppies had been at the vet for 8 days with no improvement before he came to stay with us for treatment. We had precious little Amos back home in 5 days! Truly amazing stuff!

We currently have in stock:

PARVAID - formulated to promote normalization of the digestive tract functions in the face of diarrhea, vomiting, gas, cramps, and other intestinal dysfunctions.

VIBACTRA PLUS –A natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and antiparasitic. Wow! This product will cure just about anything, and I will never be without it! I have taken it myself with excellent results.

ADIZONE - A special combination of herbs demonstrated to reduce inflamation, support upper respiratory and bowel conditions, ease muscle, joint and nerve pain.

LIFE CELL SUPPORT - designed to support the body’s ability to cleanse, to eliminate toxins & to regenerate damaged cells, ultimately to optimize organ function.

These great products may be purchased directly from us or through our RanchDog Rescue Store on our website


We’ve added a new page to our website! “How You Can Help” offers several ways that you can help us to help our rescue dogs. Included is our “Wish List” of items that we need ( new or used ), information for downloading our Fund-it Search Bar ( no cost or obligation whatsoever! ), and a new “Donations” button to easily and safely make a monetary donation right online. Our veterinarian, Dr. Craig Verwers of Ridglea West Animal Hospital ( in west Fort Worth ) has provided us with coupons to share with you as well. You will receive $30 off of your first visit, and at the same time RanchDog Rescue earns $30 credit on our account! If you live in the Fort Worth area, this is an awesome way to save some money, AND provide significant funding for RanchDog Rescue’s veterinary expenses! We have been so impressed with Dr. Verwers, and we think that you will be too! Just ask for a coupon and we’ll send you one – no charge!

We have decided to share a bit of helpful dog care information in each of our RanchDog Rescue updates and this time we’ll tell you a bit about the dreaded HEARTWORM.

Please note that I am not a veterinarian. I have, however spent much time over many years studying canine health & behavior. Some of my opinions may differ from those of your veterinarian. Keep in mind that veterinary education rarely includes “alternative” ( herbal, mineral, homeopathic, holistic, etc ) treatments, and is sponsored by the huge pharmaceutical companies and commercial pet food companies. It is my opinion that often times alternative treatments are not only less expensive for you, they can be more effective and much healthier for your dog.

First, and foremost, HEARTWORMS ARE NO CAUSE FOR PANIC! Do not let anyone convince you that your beloved dog could die immediately if you do not consent to ridiculously expensive and highly toxic treatment. While heartworms are surely not desirable, many, many dogs live with them for years. THERE IS A SAFE, RELIABLE AND CHEAP WAY TO TREAT HEARTWORMS! Ivermectin is the active ingredient in Heartguard heartworm preventative. I’m sure there are other brands as well that contain only ivermectin. By simply starting your dog on an ivermectin based heartworm preventative each month, you will prevent the younger heartworms from developing, and the mature ones will die off naturally. It can take a year or more to completely rid your dog of all heartworms, but you will not subject your dog to the ravaging effects of the highly toxic poisons used in traditional and expensive heartworm treatment. You also do not need to keep your dog confined for weeks to prevent embolisms from a massive die-off of heartworms. For those of you who feel comfortable calculating measurements you can even use ivermectin paste or liquid wormer sold for horses & cattle. It is far less expensive than Heartguard. Obviously care must be taken to administer the proper dosage. IMPORTANT NOTE ! Some breeds such as Australian Shepherds, Collies, Border Collies, and a few others can carry a gene that causes Ivermectin to be lethal to them. If you have one of the ivemectin sensitive breeds it is important to either NOT use ivermectin products at all, or have your dog tested at a veterinarian to see if he/she carries the gene. See http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/depts-vcpl/breeds.aspx for more information about ivermectin sensitive breeds.

As always we want to thank our adopters, our supporters and all those who make it possible for us to do what we do. We love dogs and feel a need to help these amazing creatures who are truly “man’s best friend”.  Don't forget, we love updates from our adopters too!

Happy Tails~

Misty & Greg Panzino