A Tail To Tell Inc
Who are we?
A Tail To Tell, Inc is a group of men and women in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania dedicated to freeing dogs from the horrors of the puppy mills. We retrieve canine survivors from the Amish and Mennonite mills in our area and from other commercial breeders in the Northeast US. We provide veterinary care and loving foster homes while we work to find the best forever homes possible for our dogs. Please visit our blog to keep current with latest news, events and fundraisers.
What is a puppy mill?
A puppy mill is a large scale dog breeding operation in which dogs are churned out solely for profit with little to no regard to their welfare. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has a very large concentration of dog breeding operations, the large majority of which are "underground" and not subject to kennel inspections. Please read our What is a Puppy Mill page for a detailed explanation.
Safe Haven Our dogs are kept in a network of volunteer foster homes. We acquire dogs directly from puppy mills, oftentimes racing the clock to arrive before they're killed. Dogs stay in our care as long as necessary until they have recovered enough mentally and physically to be adopted. We are lucky to have a professional groomer volunteer her time to groom our dogs.
Medical CareThe large majority of dogs we receive suffer from a number of medical conditions brought about by neglect. A puppy mill farmer's ultimate goal is to profit, so the expense of a veterinarian is not a reality, even if the animals are truly ill. Common things we see are extreme parasite loads, malnutrition, anorexia, prolapsed uteruses, eye infections and missing orbs, torn and deformed ears, bites, missing limbs, hernias, splayed feet, collars grown into and embedded in flesh, and hideous dental infections Obviously, this leads to very high veterinary bills for our group.
New Lives Only after most medical and some mental issues are rectified, do we attempt to place a dog in an adoptive home. Depending on the degree of mental and/or physical damage, this can take anywhere from a few days to years. Some dogs come to us well-socialized while others have never had human contact and are essentially feral. We are very selective when choosing adoptive families for our dogs due to enormous time, financial and emotional investments on the part of our volunteers and supporters. We make absolutely certain that these animals never see another day of mistreatment in their lives.
Adopting a friend
Our adoption process is very strict. We require an excellent veterinary reference, several interviews and a home visit. We do not ship dogs via air.
We require that all of our dogs be microchipped and we do require a signed contract.
We do not have a shelter at this time but you can see all of our dogs on our website at: www.atailtotell.com
A Tail To Tell Inc
P.O. Box 524
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
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