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Video: Puppy Mill Survivor’s Amazing Transformation

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 3:45pm
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Zack was one of about 150 Jack Russell Terriers and Shiba Inus we rescued from a Michigan puppy mill earlier this year. After rescue, he needed surgery on his eyes—but he also needed extensive behavior help.

ASPCA behavior expert Kristen Collins was at the rescue to help remove dogs from the property, and she noticed Zack right away. He shook violently as he crouched in terror, his eyes wide. When Collins approached his enclosure, he bolted for the broken crate that was his only shelter from the elements.

"He looked like the most fearful dog on the property," Collins remembers. She knew Zack's best hope was intensive treatment at our Rehab Center for puppy mill and hoarding survivors.

When Zack arrived at the Rehab Center, his behavior was no different than the first time Collins saw him quake with fear at her approach. He cowered in the back of his space, ears flat and body low. And yet—after a few days, though he remained skeptical about human touch, Zack began to tentatively wag his tail at the sight of familiar people.

Today, Zack has been adopted and is part of a loving family. We wanted to show you the amazing progress Zack made during his time with us—please watch his video below.

We also wanted to thank those of you who have given to the ASPCA. Zack’s recovery wouldn’t be possible without you. If you haven’t given recently, you can do so here to help other animals like Zack. Thank you!

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Animal Abuse No More

It breaks my heart to see that a poor jack russell has been through so much pain that he had forgotten what affection is. Why do people even do this to animals? It's inhumane!

Velma Aldridge

I really have no idea if the ASPCA is good or not. Just wish they would show how they helped the dogs in the commercials. I foster rescue dogs and cats and I give to my local shelter. The shelters do not get money from the big guys and really need it. They are overwhelmingly overloaded most of the time. Give money or volunteer your time.

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awww how cute

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jc

aww hes sooooo cute

jc

aww hes sooooo cute

lois

i cried

Julia

thank you for doing this. this is amazing!

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