In the beginning. . . there was Pooh.
Way back in the day, we started our journey as fosters for a national breed specific rescue. We had helped many Pekingese dogs pulled from shelters find loving homes. Then one day, we were told about Pooh. She was not a Pekingese but she was in desperate need of help. Pooh was a 12 year old breeder who developed breast cancer after years of being bred every heat. Her life consisted of a tiny wire cage in a cold, damp shed. Her only purpose was to produce puppies for her master. When she was no longer of any use, she was discarded like yesterdays trash, taken to a high kill shelter to be destroyed.
We did not hesitate to take her in even though there would be no financial support for her care. Something about that little girl touched our hearts and we knew we had to help her. Pooh arrived with pneumonia, advanced breast cancer, eye ulcers and infected skin. We knew she did not have much time here on earth, but we vowed to give her the best time we could.
She learned about sunshine, soft grass and warm breezes. She learned all of the things she should have been privileged to enjoy her entire life but was denied because of her owners greed.
She learned about soft beds and good food, and most of all, love. Her infections were treated and surgery removed most of the cancerous tumors. She let us know every single day how happy she was.
Pooh blossomed into a loving, well adjusted girl. She showed us that no matter what a dog has gone through, there is still hope for them to be happy. She opened our eyes to the need for a rescue that would take these "throw away" breeders and show them what life is supposed to be like.
Pooh lived comfortably for another 4 years, being pampered and loved every day. Her legacy lives on.
Through her years of suffering, Pooh opened the door for many more puppy mill survivors and Safehaven was born. Since then, over 500 dogs who would have never had a chance in traditional shelters have been saved, rehabilitated and found loving forever homes.