Kira's Puppy Mill Journey

Kira, a rescued puppy mill collie, on her road to recovery.

Resources/Reading List


Note:  I have no personal affiliation with any of the above groups.

Kira was rescued by Almost Home Dog Rescue of Ohio.   This is a rescue I have personally worked with for many years and I have seen the lives of so many dogs changed through the work they do.  Red Rover was also involved in her rescue, sending a rapid response team to help the local shelter house and care for the dogs seized from the puppy mill. 


Humane Society PDF Care Guide:

Best Friends Puppy Mill Initiative:

Best Friends Guide to Specific Issues with a Puppy Mill Dog PDF:

Understanding and Caring for Puppy Mill Dogs PDF:

“Mental Health of Dogs Formerly Used as ‘breeding stock’ in Commercial Breeding Establishments,”  by Franklin D. McMillan, Deborah L Duffy, and James A. Serpell.   Applied Animal Behavior Science 135 (2011) 86-94.

Caring for Unsocialized Mill Dogs PDF:

A New Start on Life:


Humane Society:

Debbie Jacob’s Fearful Dog Site:

Fearful Dogs Blog:

Patricia McConnell, posts on Puppy Mill Dogs


Thresholds, Thresholds, and Doing Nothing:

Calming the Fearful Dog:

Counter Conditioning and Safety

Fearful Dog Training Videos by Debbie Jacobs


  • I BREATHE    (Available as DVD or Streaming)

I Breathe offers insight into the multi billion dollar commercial dog breeding industry  .Lily was an eight-year-old Italian Greyhound that inspired a rescue organization to save thousands of dogs. Lily’s memory is the driving force behind the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers from National Mill Dog Rescue.    Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes

  • DOG BY DOG Documentary

Dog by Dog is a documentary that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the United States and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system. While many documentaries have admirably exposed the public to the sickening underworld of puppy mills, what has been missing from the public discussion is a close examination of the umbrella of monetary support which has sentenced millions of healthy dogs to death and allowed the most irresponsible dog breeders to thrive. Many people try to save these animals one by one, or dog by dog. This documentary aims to point out the problems of the current system in order to move toward a kinder and gentler one.


  • A Guide to Living with & Training a Fearful Dog,

by Debbie Jacobs , Corner Dog Press; 1ST edition (2011)

  •  The Cautious Canine-How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears,

by Patricia B. McConnell.  McConnell Publishing, Ltd.; 2nd edition, 1998.

  •  Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer His Fears ,

by Nicole Wilde.   Phantom Publishing; 1st edition, 2006.




A blog by about a fearful named Gibson/Zorro and his amazing progress over many, many months.

 No Dog About It thread on puppy mill rescues.

Note Cards & Tote Bags featuring a beautiful painting of Kira done by C. Keith Jones can be found at:

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