How to help the 1000 puppies seized from West Virginia puppy mill!

The Humane Society of Parkersburg, along with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and staff from the Humane Society of the United States are working along side many other rescue organizations from all over the country to coordinate efforts and find foster homes and temporary shelters for the dogs rescued from the Parkersburg, West Virginia puppy mill this past weekend.

The dogs will need to be evaluated and transported before being put up for adoption. It is expected that adoption information will be coming by the end of the week and this weekend.

When we find out more information we will keep you updated. In the meantime, here is some additional information that we gathered today:

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah is on hand helping in the rescue efforts. One of the rescuers is blogging about the horrific experience. If you'd like to donate to Best Friends in helping them further their efforts in helping these pups, click on the image below.

This info is from the Humane Society of Parkersburg website:

If you would like to assist the HSOP at this time of great need, we are accepting monetary donations to help cover the costs of this effort. We are also in need of clean towels and rolled newspapers. All donations should be taken directly to the main Shelter at 29th and Poplar (or click here).

People interested in volunteering for the effort should call the Shelter first at 304-422-5541 and leave a message on the Volunteer line. We appreciate all volunteers, but in order for things to work smoothly we must schedule volunteers for needed jobs. So PLEASE call first and leave a message of what you can do and when you are available. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

While some of the surrendered animals will be made available for adoption locally, they will not be available until August 30th and will be adopted out using our normal adoption process. See Adoption Process on this website. Many of the animals will be going to rescues around the nation that are better equipped to deal with puppy mill animals, but animals that we feel are appropriate for local adoption, will be available beginning on that date.

Lastly, thank you to everyone that has been a part of making this amazing rescue of these animals possible. There are too many to name at this hectic time, but you know who you are and you're efforts are saving lives at this very moment.

Carrie Roe, President

Many of the dogs rescued at the puppy mill are dachshunds. If you'd like to apply to be a foster home for one of the pups, click here for more information.