Ratbone is dedicated to helping rat terriers in need. Sometimes these are stray dogs on the street and sometimes they are dogs turned into shelters by their owners who are unable or unwilling to care for them. Sometimes the unthinkable happens - dog breeding is turned into factory production for profit (a.k.a. the puppymill). Click here for more information on puppymills but, be warned, the conditions in which these dogs live can be disturbing.
Pictured above is Spring. She was recently removed from a puppymill raid in North Carolina where 137 rat terriers were kept for breeding. Spring is 10 years old and gave birth during this ordeal. Spring and her surviving puppy are now in the care of Ratbone where they will have a chance for a better life - a life where they will be loved and cared for in a forever home. Spring will be spayed and no longer used for profit. To learn more about the North Carolina bust, please click here. Don't worry - no grusome photos.
There were also a couple of other senior "ladies" with young pups taken during the raid. If you would like to assist Ratbone with the expenses incurred in rehabilitating and rehoming these mamas and their pups, please go to the Sponsor Page on Ratbone's website, click on the Paypay link, and specify "puppymill".