Bark n Wag 15 Minute Vet Talk
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Each week Bark & Wag will interview Veterinarians and individuals in the pet industry from across the nation answering your questions about your pet. Visit barknwag.com/podcast to ask questions and view past podcasts.
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Rescue of Labradors from a backyard breeder with Chris Wallen, President of Labrador Education and Rescue Network
7 days ago
You are listening to Bark & Wag’s 15 Minute Vet Talk and I am your host Polly ReQua Today we are talking with Chris Wallen, Volunteer with LEARN, Labrador Education and Rescue Network servicing Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Welcome Chris….. First – thank you for all that you do for Labs. As a volunteer for LEARN it is such a pleasure to have you on the podcast. Two weeks ago we talked with Dr. Meredith Rives about Puppy Mills. Opening our eyes on this terrible practice. In January LEARN rescued 14 dogs from a backyard breeder. This is the second time you had rescued Labs from this breeder. The first rescue saved 11 Labradors. You dedicated the mission as Stop the Madness – Operation Sunday Labs. Please tell us what is a backyard breeder? Backyard breeder is a term used to describe amateur animal breeders whose breeding is considered substandard, with little or misguided effort towards ethical, selective breeding. ... Larger commercial operations of a similar type that breed dogs are usually termed a puppy mill (especially in North America) or puppy farm. One of the dogs your rescued was Peanut. Please tell us about Peanut. Peanut was one of the Labs rescued in Operation Sunday Labs. Peanut arrived in very poor medical condition. He was extremely malnourished and suffering from parasites and tick-borne illnesses. Sadly, despite exceptional foster home and Vet care, Peanut survived only a few days. L.E.A.R.N. has dedicated subsequent efforts to rescue the remaining Labs at that breeder's in Peanut's honor: Operation Peanut's Promise. L.E.A.R.N. geared up for Operation Peanut's Promise by recruiting and preparing additional foster homes. Why weren’t all of the dogs taken with the first rescue? How did the second rescue come about? After several postponements, and with the help of Pets In Crisis, on Sunday, January 11th, L.E.A.R.N. rescued 14 more Labs from the same breeder. Peanut’s Promise Labs were transported to a central location in southern WI where L.E.A.R.N. volunteers bathed, examined and showered them with love. From there, the 14 dogs headed off to their warm foster homes where they would begin learning to trust humans. One of the greatest challenges for the foster homes is to help these Labs overcome different fears — from everyday noises to rid