We rescued King, a 7lb Chihuahua, from a puppy mill in Nebraska early last November. We didn't actually go to the mill, but instead we met the "breeder" at a designated place. Besides King, she surrendered 9 other dogs to us. King didn't run, he didn't bite, he was just frozen in terror. A part of his foot was missing, possibly his toe was caught in the wire of his cage, or perhaps it was chewed off, we can't be certain. We brought him to our kennel in Colorado where he was put in a large indoor pen with a soft bed and healthy food. The first few nights he chose to sleep on the hard floor instead of the bed. He didn't know what a bed was, nor was he familiar with comfort.
Because he was so scared, knowing he'd be difficult to adopt, he went into a loving foster home where he could gently begin adapting to life outside a cage. That was several months ago and though he's made many baby steps (and a few big steps, he's learned to walk on a leash and enjoys his nightly walks around the neighborhood) - it will still take time for King to realize the true happiness that he so deserves.
What King needs is a very special forever home. A home filled with love and patience. He needs a secure backyard to play in and at least one other dog to help show him the ropes. But above all, King needs time and understanding. If you could provide that home for King please begin by completing an adoption application here. Click to learn more about King.