Once a newly rescued pup arrives at Lily's Haven, the National Mill Dog Rescue headquarters, the next step is the intake process. Intake is a big day for the dogs and volunteers. At intake, each dog gets their very own name, official photo, vet care and necessary grooming. I followed an Ori Pei, who is now named Leroy, thru this process. This was part of the Lola Legacy Rescue, so all the volunteers were dressed in their finest 'sparkly' outfits in honor of Lola.
First the volunteer selects a dog to take through the process.
They spend some time with the dog until it is their turn.
Each dog is carried thru the kennel area to keep the others calm.
At the 'naming' area, the volunteer waits their turn and uses that time to decide on a name for their pup.
The pups wait too.
Leroy got a little nosey to see his new paperwork.
Then it's off to have their official intake photo taken.
Then off to the grooming area to have their nails checked...
...and any unwanted passengers, like ticks, removed.
Then off to a nice bath, if needed.
Leroy was not excited about this...
...apparently Ori Pei's don't like water...
...or silly men!
After a lovely bath, it's into the staging line for vetting.
This can be a scary experience for a pup who never had vet care before.
Oh wait, what's that!! Their temperature is taken. Leroy is a good 100.4
Their weight is taken. Leroy is 31.4lbs
They are given de-wormer.
Vaccinations and a check for heart worms.
Have their teeth checked. Leroy is less than 2 years old, so luckily his teeth are still in good shape.
And get a dose of Frontline to fight off those pesky critters.
Once that is done, it's back to their new rooms at Lily's Haven (the NMDR kennel) to await their forever families!
Leroy wasn't exactly happy to have his new friend leave... even if he was silly.
The above was written and photographed by Shelia Mullis, one of our talented volunteers. Be sure to subscribe to Sheila's blog at: wadadugadesigns.zenfolio.com/blog and follow the adventures of her rescue dogs at: facebook.com/mullispups Besides being a volunteer photographer, Sheila is also a foster parent, as well as a member of the cleaning and docent teams here at National Mill Dog Rescue.