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National Mill Dog Rescue: WAHL Grooming Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Wahl products were used for bathing and grooming dogs that had been rescued from puppy mills.

Above is the link to our Facebook page, wherein we thanked the foundation and Wahl for this donation of six bottles of shampoo. This gift reduced our costs and enabled us to use our resources for other needs.

How many pets did this grant help?

It is difficult to estimate how many dogs were bathed with the Wahl products. What is more important is the exposure through Facebook, which you requested, and which always leads to pet adoptions and donations. Thank you again for selecting us for this gift.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Here is an excerpt from a report by a first-time volunteer, a college student, who went with our rescue team in November. “One of this puppy-mill breeder’s employees mentioned that he had a 3- or 4-year-old golden retriever who did not want to breed anymore, and the breeder was willing to turn her over to us (along with the dogs we had come for). My ears immediately perked up and the thought of leaving her with this man made me sick. With limited room on board, it was a stretch, but, as always, [NMDR executive director Theresa Strader] made it happen. The man brought her out; she was so scared and stayed flat on the ground. Later that night as we serviced the dogs, I stayed with her and watched her frantically run around the yard, ignoring my gaze and avoiding my touch. Eventually, she would come over and stand somewhat close to me; then she would lie down beside me. By the end of the evening, she rolled over on her back, accepting belly rubs. As I loaded her back into her kennel I noticed my hands were black just from patting her. Her temporary name is Whitney until she finds her forever home.

“I hope and pray, like so many others, that one day rescues like this one won’t be needed and that every animal will be treated with kindness and that everyone human will understand why.”

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