V For Victoria. A special campaign for an extremely special dog.
Victoria, an 11 year old German Shepherd, was rescued By Finding Shelter in 2017 from a Lancaster County, PA puppy mill. She was born at the farm and lived there for 10 years as a breeding dog. Now with her terminal diagnosis of Degenerative Myelopathy, Victoria is on hospice care for the remainder of her life which was expected to be six months to a year.
V For Victoria is a campaign to get Victoria to experience the fun activities that life has to offer for dogs, all the things that she missed out on for 10 years imprisoned on the farm. She will check off some “bucket list” items just for fun as she educates humans about puppy mills and to raise funds for Finding Shelter Animal Rescue puppy mill dog rescues. She will have her adventures as long as she is physically able to enjoy them.
In 2019, Pennsylvania State Senators Tom Killion and Andy Dinniman introduced the Pet Retail Sales Bill and called it “Victoria’s Law.” A mirror bill in being introduced by State Representatives Jason Ortitay and Harry Readshaw.
Victoria’s Law would require that pet stores in Pennsylvania discontinue the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits and only source them from shelters and rescues. Detailed information about Victoria’s Law can be found via Humane PA PAC
V For Victoria is not just a campaign to enrich Victoria’s life, but it is also aimed at bringing awareness to the ongoing puppy mill industry issues and atrocities. Victoria was relinquished from a legal, licensed breeding operation. Her very minimal requirements for care were legally met. The best way to stop puppy mills is to discontinue the demand for their product, their puppies. With no demand for their puppies, the puppy mills would not have consumers to keep their supply going. Ending third party sales in pet stores and over the internet would drastically reduce outlets for which the puppies can be sold, also diminishing supply.
Please follow Victoria’s journey, share her adventures and message of ending puppy mills in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Please consider donating to help Finding Shelter’s puppy mill rescued dogs. Victoria is a wonderful, beautiful and forgiving dog and her legacy will live on through Victoria’s Law. Pennsylvania residents, please contact your state senators and representatives to ask them to support Victoria’s Law so she can begin to leave her mark on this world as she begins to say farewell to the happy life she has finally found after so many long and difficult years.