Target: Kristen Collins, ASPCA Director of Animal Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation
Goal: Thank the ASPCA for opening a behavioral rehabilitation center for puppy mill rescues
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently announced plans to open a rehabilitation center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. The behavioral rehabilitation center, as it will be known, will specialize in rehabilitating dogs that are seized from puppy mills and hoarders. Not only will this help shelters and rescue groups, it will give many dogs a chance at life they wouldn’t otherwise have. It is the first facility in the world strictly dedicated to providing rehabilitation to victims of animal cruelty and for that the ASPCA deserves our gratitude.
Many dogs rescued from situations like puppy mills are terrified of the outside world. Because they spend their entire lives in cages, they have little to no contact with humans or other animals. As a result, they also tend to show more signs of depression, anxiety, aggression, and debilitating fear. All of these things have a significant impact on a dog’s ability to be adopted. A dog who cowers, urinates, or raises his hackles when approached by a human has little to no chance of making it out of the shelter.
The center will have 10 staff members, including two behavioral specialists. Many volunteers will also help feed, walk and care for the dogs. There will be 27 kennels and the dogs are expected to have an average stay of 6 to 8 weeks. Most importantly, all care and expenses will be paid for by the ASPCA.
This is a huge step for animal welfare. It is a sign that the concerns of animals are gradually becoming human concerns. The center in New Jersey is only the beginning. Perhaps one day soon there will be more rehabilitation centers across the country, or even around the world. Please take a moment to thank the ASPCA for this incredible contribution that will give so many dogs born into horrific circumstances a chance to be happy.
Dear Kristen Collins,
The ASPCA recently announced that it would be opening a behavioral rehabilitation center for dogs rescued from hoarders and puppy mills. The facility will be the first of its kind and is truly an incredible contribution to animal welfare. Behavioral problems often have serious consequences for dogs rescued from puppy mills and your new rehabilitation center will give many dogs a chance at a happy life they wouldn’t otherwise have had simply because of circumstances that were beyond their control.
Thank you so much for your efforts. I sincerely hope that other communities and organizations look to the ASPCA for guidance so that we can have many of these facilities around the world.
[Your Name Here]
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