I always say in that first picture of 'Charlie' it looks like she is crying. What she must have felt that night of April 9th, she was finally free. Little did she know what was about to happen. She would be making an 11 hour journey north 'home'. It was about the middle of the auction and the Beagles were up. 5 female Beagles were place up on the table. I don't even recall seeing Charlie when we previewed the dogs before the auction. But there she was down there, our number went up and they asked which one we wanted. And there she was looking up at us. Maybe it was her eyes and the way she looked at us? We ended up choosing number 248, now Charlie. We didn't have a good view of her, due to her being in the middle of the table so we didn't really know what she looked like. When we ended up being able to pick up the dogs we had won, we put her in a crate and then put a collar on her. She was so sweet and shy. All she wanted was the one thing she never knew, love. We went back to the hotel where we had stayed the night before and we took the dogs out to walk them and offer them water. Charlie had no idea what to do so she just stood there. She had never seen the outside or felt the grass beneath her feet before. We noticed the chain around her neck reading '2' on it. We couldn't wait to get home and get that rusty old thing off! We arrived back home around 9:30 am the next morning after driving through the night. Charlie was very happy to be able to play in the yard with her new friends and run free like she never had before. What a sweet sight to see! Little did we know just a week after her arrival she would meet her new family. They saw a picture of her, that she was going to be at our adoption event and they came to see her. They went home, filled out the application and then later brought their dog to meet her and see how they got along. It was truly love at first sight and they took her home to foster her. A week later after her stitches came out from being spayed they officially adopter her and they could not be happier! It truly happened for a reason that we were at the auction that day and she caught our eye. It was so she could be freed from a life of misery inside a cage, producing for the rest of her life. Now Charlie, now known as Mabel has an amazing home, new toys and treat, a family that loves her and an awesome yard to play in with her brother. Our rescue missions are only made possible by YOU! Please consider making a donation for our trip to the June auction and save more deserving souls like Charlie.
Reagan- previously known as 'number 296'
Harper the tiny little 10 year old Cavalier with cancer that had been released in February passed away just 4 days before the auction. That night I asked Harper's foster mom if she would take another Cavalier I was planning on getting at the auction. In that moment it felt like it was meant to be. Harper passing away was a sign that I needed to help 'Reagan'. At 9 years old Reagan was the 2nd oldest dog at the April auction. I had chosen the name 'Reagan' before we went to the auction and I knew that would be her name for it means 'little warrior'. She had persevered through 9 long years stuck in a cage, breeding for human profit and greed. Reagan also had a grade 4/6 heart murmur. I imagine at 9 years old and a grade 4 heart murmur before too long the stress of having to carry all those pups and give birth may have taken her life. I knew before we even got to the auction that we would not be leaving without her. She was the only one I was really going for, the one I had my heart set on. When we went back to preview the dogs before the auction started I looked into the cage she was in along with a male and she wouldn't even look up. Being number 296 out of 297 dogs she was almost last. They put all 3 Cavaliers up on the table at once and the bidding began. We fought hard to get her. The breeders were relentless but we were victorious! I think about it now with the auction closing in in less than 2 weeks about the dogs we have the potential to save and the lives we can change, just like Reagan's. From the first picture I ever took of her riding in the back seat of my Jeep where she was so anxious she kept trying to get the window. She actually rolled down the window while we were driving so we had to lock the windows. When we brought her home it was the first time she ever got to be on the ground in her whole 9 years. To the first picture in her foster home and then finally being able to rest without worry. To the last picture, which is just so beautiful I can't stop staring at it. It is so amazing to see the transformation! Even just from bringing her home and then grooming her and bathing her, her coat was so greasy and dirty. We were able to shave all that icky stuff off so she could start fresh and she looked so beautiful! Just a few weeks later she was able to find a great family to love and adore her! I am sharing her story and the others in hopes you will see what a difference we are able to make in these dogs' lives and you can help. By donating for our next auction trip (06/04) you can help secure dogs like Reagan's future. Please consider making a donation to our #AuctionAngels.
When Harper came to us on Saturday February 20th we knew we may not have long with her. After being locked away in a tiny wire cage in a dark barn Harper had finally been released after 10 long years as a breeder dog. When we were giving her a bath and cleaning her up we realized she had a large tumor. Our veterinarian confirmed our suspicions, it was an aggressive cancer. Our veterinarian recommended that we euthanize Harper due to her condition. Not only did she have cancer but she was also very malnourished, very underweight, had rotting teeth and could barely walk. When she tried to walk Harper's legs were so weak from never being able to walk around for 10 years, she could barely walk. There was no way I could let her go after just 5 days of freedom, it wasn't enough. We agreed as long as she was not suffering we could let her live, experience some freedom, some joy and the things she had never had. For almost 2 months Harper was able to be free and live like she never had. She got to experience lots of new things and make new friends being in 2 different foster homes! One thing Harper really enjoyed was watching TV. In the end she only knew love but its obvious she came to us so we could give her everything we could and then help her move on. We knew it was her time to go when she was unable to use the bathroom on her own and stopped eating. When we went to the vet that Tuesday and she was weighed she never even gained an ounce over the course of almost 2 months. The cancer had taken over her body and she was just unable to fight it after 10 years of neglect. Harper, never knowing a name before, only a number gave her life so the public could buy her puppies.
Harper gave her life all in the name of greed.
Harper enjoyed her freedom! Being pet and loved on, snuggling in a soft blanket and watching TV from the comfort of her own bed.
Harper only knew love <3
A glimpse of Harper's condition. You can see in the first photo she was so underweight and had overall a poor body condition. In the second photo you can see the size of her tumor. The last photo is of Harper finally resting peacefully.
And now the moment you've all been waiting for....
We heard a lot of Awwws from our judges but in the end there could only be ONE winner! All of the 50 photos went through 3 rounds of judging, narrowing them down to 6, then 3 and finally picking the winner. (All entries can be viewed in our Facebook event) Because there were so many entries and our judges had such a hard time deciding we decided we would have 2 honorable mentions along with the winner. We would also like to thank our judges, the wonderful ladies at Martinos and Dennis and Lois!
First Place: Aggie by Bobbies S.
Honorable Mentions: Rocky by Amy T. and Horse and Girl photo by Brooke K.
Thank you everyone so much for entering the contest and Congratulations to
Aggie and Bobbie!
What's it like to rescue puppy mill dogs?
We rescue these dogs from some of the darkest hells on earth, from the tiny wire cages just bigger than themselves that they have lived in their whole lives, from a dark, cold barn. Where they have only been USED and ABUSED; their whole lives they have only been USED for one of America's most lucrative businesses. Neglected their whole lives, never getting the care they deserve or even mini...mal living conditions. The dogs are made to wear metal chains around their necks with numbered USDA tags, thats how they are identified, they never know a name, only a number. They are SOMEONE not SOMETHING. The mothers have their puppies ripped away from them before they are ready to leave, sold to a broker and then a pet store. The only times they are ever touched are when they are being grabbed by the backs of their necks, tails or legs and ripped from their cage. All they see is darkness, all around, all the time. They have never seen the sunshine, felt the grass (or snow) beneath their feet or breathed a fresh breathe of air. And when they are done being used there are only 2 choices for them, being rescued or death. For the lucky ones who are rescued there is a most always a bright future ahead. And thats where we come in; we take them in, assess them, bathe them, wash them up and groom them, we provide them with the best veterinary care, warm beds and good food. We love them, hold them, talk to them; we tell them everything is going to be alright. Soon most come around, they lick your hands, soon your face and they start to want to be around you, get to know you and feel your love. Some dont understand why we do it, how can you not understand?
On Sunday December 13th we held our Pawliday Shopping Extravaganza and Quarter Auction. We had many different things going on through out the day including a Silent Auction, Bucket Raffle, Chili Contest and a Bake Sale.
The Chili Contest winner was Chili #5, Alyssa Rycerz
All together we were able to raise $2,200!
Thank you to everyone who made a donation for this event, our volunteers, everyone who attended our event and WQOW News 18 for covering our event!
Thursday August 27th, 2015
9 month old Chocolate Labrador
Up to date with health certificate
Little Falls, MN ----->> Hudson, WI
Send offers to Lil' Rascals Refuge @ firstname.lastname@example.org
As of today 08/02 we have taken in 6 puppy mill dogs in the last 2 weeks. Usually for vetting each dog costs about $400-$500 to vet, with their adoption fees only being $250. The extra money it takes to put into these dogs is just not being made up anywhere in between and we need help. From the routine things like spays, neuters, dentals, vaccinations and microchipping to antibiotics, ear infections, parasites, breathing problems, skin problems and the list goes on. The last 2 we took in over the weekend have been in especially horrible conditions. We really need your support to continue being able to welcome these dogs to freedom from the long life of hell they have lived. Any donation is appreciated!!
We will be having an Adoption Event in conjunction with The Homes for Dogs National Adoption Weekend sponsored by Adopt-A-Pet.com and Coldwell Banker! We are welcoming volunteers to join us. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. An approved application and home visit apply, and must be completed before the dog is adopted. Same day adoptions will NOT be taking place unless prearranged. If you are interested in same day adoption please have an approved application and home visit on file or fill out an application now and we will contact you to set up a home visit. The application and information on adopting can be found at: http://www.lilrascalsrefuge.org/adoption-process--application.html. Also a HUGE THANK YOU to Heather at emBARK for hosting the adoption event!
The following is the information on the adoption event:
Homes for Dogs National Adoption Weekend Adoption Event
Saturday August 1st, 2015
EmBARK 2109 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire, WI
We will have adoptable dogs and merchandise for sale!
Hope to see you there!