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 Schnapps, now Sugar Bear                   

                   A Note from Sugar Bear

  Do you have a story and photo you would like to share about your  adopted pup or dog?  We're looking for some laughs, maybe some tears, how they have changed your life, how they have touched your heart.  We will post your photo on our home page and story to the Your Adoption Story page to share with all of our visitors.  Maybe, just maybe, you'll inspire someone to share their life with a homeless dog. Please send a photo and your story to: OhioPuppyRescue@aol.com  


 Your Donations Help Support Our Community Projects

2013 was a year of great success and impact on the community through Ohio Puppy Rescue and Central Ohio Dog Rescue League efforts.   

*****Ohio Puppy Rescue Spay/Neuter Fund continues to focus primarily on our partnership with Pikes Friends, Pike Co. Humane Association, Shawnee Animal Hospital to provide free spay and neutering.  Our efforts have a "no questions asked" service to Pike and Scioto Counties for those who wish to have their dog altered.  The word has spread to several residents of these Counties who joined the efforts to stop unwanted dogs in their Counties.  In 2014, we will begin partnerships in Franklin County to provide free alters to pit bulls and black dogs, two of the types of the dogs euthanized at local shelters.

 *****We  request a "Pay It Forward" commitment from all who adopt a mill survivor.  This means that each person in the family promises to learn about puppy mills and tells at least one person about what they learned.

 *****We began a close relationship with Central Ohio Dog Rescue League and adopted the group as our sister organization under a DBA.  In 2013, we began joining talents and experiences to work with local organizations who focus on shutting down breeders who don't provide humane conditions and medical treatment to companion animals.   We also focused attention on rescuing pets no longer wanted by their families and dumped off at local shelters.

In order to continue our efforts in supporting our community, the rescue community, and the pet over population, additional funding is required. We need continuous and generous donations in order to sustain our life-changing work into 2014 and future years.  Please consider a donation to enable our work to continue.  Donations can be made by adopting one of our wonderful rescues, donate through your Community Giving programs at your workplace or directly by sending a monetary gift through
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8/13/2014 3:29 AM



Our day begins with logging onto our computer, only to find we have a mere 161 emails to read before finishing our morning cup of coffee. Some of the subject titles read, 'Senior Hound, last day is today', 'Overflowing with Puppies, 13 more left, please help' , 'Shy girl, and 3 legged beagle due to be gassed Tuesday". 

  Opening email after email, seeing the faces of fluffy, highly adoptable puppies, a scared little Shepherd curled up in the corner of a dirty kennel, a Labrador with just a blur behind him where the camera couldn't capture how fast his tail was wagging.  By 8am the phone is ringing with millers who have no use for the dog whose litters are too small for a profit or puppies the broker wouldn't take but wants us to pay $50.00 or he'll just kill them.

Sometimes, well... no, most times, we are filled with hopelessness.  The list is never going to end, never.  Our next thoughts - "where are we going to put them, how will we pay for the transport, what if they are sick, how will we pay for the treatment... can we put ourselves through that again"?  This is when we take a deep breath, start the round of emails looking for space, start brainstorming about how we could fit another litter in the dining room - who uses dining rooms anymore, rebalance the checkbook, and end the morning with an emailed response of  "We'll take them", backed only with one thought...    'We'll figure it out'.


It sounds haphazard, and you might be thinking to yourself that we made an irresponsible decision - do we really think we can save them ALL?  How can we commit to taking a dog, sight unseen, with no idea about their health or temperment?  Most of all you are probably asking yourself, "why do we put ourselves through this" or "I could never deal with that, I just couldn't handle it".  


  Approximately 6 million pets will die this year in shelters and mills  across the US.  Some die humanely with lethal injection, some will be thrown into a gas chamber to die a slow, frightening death, some will be shot by the millers. They will die with a feeling of abandonment, lonesomeness, and fear. Some have never experienced love their entire life.  We know these dogs are real, they are living breathing beings that crave love, companionship, and trust, while offering the same in return. They do feel pain, hunger and sadness and we do what we do because we want to make a difference.  We forgo the comfort of not facing the sad facts of their lives.  We can make a difference.


If we can bring comfort to just one, we will.  If we can save just one life, we will. The stories we read and each dog's story is heart-wrenching, the numbers of those we can't help are overwhelming, and everyday we are haunted by the faces of those we can't save.


But - we cannot stop.  

We will not stop. 

Not until the cages are empty and the mills are closed.


At the end of the day - we fall asleep knowing we saved one more and push away the thought of those we didn't.  If not, there would be no sleep.

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Ohio Canine Center
Adam Abbot and Stephen Sharrock are graduates of National K9 School for dog trainers. They have years of experience working with all different breeds of dogs as well as managing the daycare grooming facilities. They are certified to train in the following areas: Basic Obedience; Advanced Obedience; Behavior Modification; Utility; Breed Identification; Puppy Development; Tracking; Scent Detection; Personal Protection; Police K-9; Soft Mouth Retrieval; and Assistance Dog Training. 

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