Cashmere after leaving the dog auction sale ring

Cashmere today in a loving home
PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Robin Pressnall
Phone: (918) 638-5854
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2002
 

MODERN DAY TECHNOLOGY EXPANDS CAPABILITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THE NATION TO AID IN THE RESCUE OF DOGS FROM COMMERCIAL KENNELS

Every day in the picturesque hills of the Missouri Ozarks and on the prairies of Kansas, thousands of dogs are living in small cages and pens without adequate shelter or care for the sole purpose of producing puppies for the nation's pet stores. While many commercial breeders provide a clean and safe environment for their breeding stock, others in the nation's puppy producing states do not.

Robin Pressnall of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Susan Sebring of Topeka, Kansas founded Small Paws® Rescue, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation, four years ago this month. During the month of October this totally volunteer organization based in Tulsa, along with thousands of volunteers across North America have united to make a difference for dogs who have been confined in commercial kennels that do not meet USDA standards.

From its inception Small Paws® has helped hundreds of dogs relinquished by commercial kennels, shelters and owners to get the veterinary care they need and find loving forever homes. Fifteen puppies which were rejected by puppy brokers due to heart murmurs have received life saving heart surgery at Texas A & M. Marcie's story airs twice monthly on Animal Planet's "A Pet Story." Adult retired breeding stock have received much needed vet care including spay or neuter, dental work, vaccinations and heartworm preventative before being placed in special homes.

While dogs rescued from commercial kennels do not begin life as "normal" pets, Small Paws® adopters tell us that these little rescue dogs, with love and patience, become grateful and loving companions. Fancy, exbreeding stock who is now twelve years old, partially blind and toothless, was purchased at a dog auction in Missouri a year ago. The auctioneer held her high and said, "Even if she dies having only one pup, you'll still get yer' money outta her!"

"When Fancy first came to my house she was afraid of the grass. I put her down in the yard and she just stood there shaking. I cannot express the joy I feel to see my little Fancy prance around the yard, now!" says Susan.

To support the rescue efforts in October, Robin has produced a gospel CD which will soon be available in the website's on-line gift shop. There will also be an on-line auction containing many unique items. The group also accepts monetary tax-deductible donations.

Additional information about Small Paws® and what you can do to help support this effort is available at www.smallpawsrescue.org

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