Typically the rescue itself costs approx $2500. This includes fuel for 2 large rescue vans driving approx 2000 miles each, rabies vaccinations and health certificates for all dogs rescued, and low budget accommodations for the rescue team. Sometimes there are additional costs such as an emergency trip to the vet hospital in the middle of the night (Missy was having breathing problems).
Once all the dogs are back at our kennel, Lily's Haven in Colorado, each dog receives a complete veterinary exam, vaccinations, micro-chips, dental (often this is extensive for mill dogs) and spay/neuter. This cost averages $200 for each dog.
Rescue = $2500
Veterinary expenses = $12,800
Minimum cost to save 64 puppy mill dogs = $15,300
There are always some extenuating circumstances with each rescue. Nana Pearl, the 14 year old poodle spent a week in the veterinary hospital once we returned to Colorado with her. Prior to being rescued she had been attacked by a larger dog and was covered with puncture wounds, sadly she passed away. Missy, the little Yorkie that we raced to the emergency hospital during the night while on rescue, will need additional treatment. Both Hope and Liberty, 2 puppies each with a deformed front leg had to see the orthopedic vet and Liberty will need an amputation. Wyatt needed a large tumor removed. Many dogs had ear, eye or skin infections. As you might imagine the veterinary costs add up.
Though these costs might appear staggering, the rewards are priceless!
Thank you to the friends and supporters of "Harley to the Rescue" for raising the funds for this particular rescue. Harley's ongoing campaign to save puppy mill dogs allows us to earmark funds specifically for rescue missions. Click here for more information: www.youcaring.com/harleytotherescue