Placing Paws Serving Lake County, IL Placing Paws' Prints Newsletter
FEBRUARY 2010 ~ Volume 1, Issue 1
TOPICS: The Horrors of Puppy Mills | How You Can Help | Adopt Me! | Our Wish List | Featured Supporter | Events

February 21, 11am-2pm
Doggie Wash Fundraiser and Meet and Greet at
K-9 Playtime in Mundelein

Please join Placing Paws and have your pup fluffed and puffed and meet some of our adotable animals!
More Info.

Every Monday in March
Monday March Madness at Egg Harbor Cafe
in Libertyville. On Monday's in March, Egg Harbor will donate 10% of your bill to Placing Paws when you present a coupon. Click here to print coupon.

March 5, 6pm-9pm
Dine And Share at
Aleks' restaurant
in Lake Bluff
Aleks' will donate 10% of your bill if you present the coupon.
Click for coupon.

March 21, 11am-2pm
Doggie Wash Fundraiser and Meet and Greet at
K-9 Playtime in Mundelein
Additional info will be posted on our website soon.

May 1, 3pm-6pm
Spring Shopping Boutique
Indigo Hotel,
450 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, Il
Click for more details

June 1
Wine Tasting at Viva La Vine's new Wine Bar.  
A portion of the proceeds will
go to Placing Paws.
Details will follow on
our website

Thank you to Lotto for graciously sharing his birthday party with us at K-9 Playtime in Mundelein on January 31; and thank you to all that showed up to support us!

  • Financial contributions to help cover medical expenses.
  • Other items that are
    always needed are:
    Gas cards, blankets, crates, toys, Purina One dog and cat food, collars, leashes, dog and cat shampoo,
    Frontline & Heartguard.
    If you are able to help
    please contact us at

Tosh is a gem! We are guessing him to be a 2 year old hound mix. He is outgoing and friendly. He greets new people happily and eagerly. He is not jumpy but happy to meet new people. He rides beautifully in the car. He is very well mannered and will sIt to take a treat ever so gently from your hand. Click for more info.

Maurice for Adoption

My name is Maurice. I am part of the Poodle-Maltese group that Placing Paws has recently rescued from a Puppy Mill. I don't want to think about those days and years as they all blend together, but I must tell you that I thought I would never be worthy enough to leave. I am so happy already that I am clean, fed and have enough water to drink. Click for more info.


the horrors of puppy mills.
Bernard Cullen Gigi Jacques Macey Maurice
Bernard Cullen Gigi Jacques Macey Maurice

Watch their video

On January 31st, Placing Paws rescued a bunch of dogs from two different puppy mills in Missouri. A puppy mill is a commercial breeding facility where puppies are mass produced for profit without regard for the health or well being of the puppies or the breeder dogs. The mills house their dogs in deplorable conditions, they are fed inadequate food and seldom if ever receive veterinary care. The breeding dogs are never allowed outside of their cages. They are forced to live in wire bottomed cages 24 hours per day where they have to eat, sleep and go potty. There are an estimated 4,000 puppy mills in the U.S. that produce more than half a million puppies a year. When the puppy mill is done with their breeding dogs, they will either euthanize them or sell them at auction. The lucky ones get rescued and get a second chance at a happy life.

Bernard, Jacques, Cullen, Maurice, Macey and GiGi arrived on Sunday night in horrible condition. They were all scared and unsure of what was happening to them, as they did not understand human kindness and gentle touch. They were filthy with feces matted tight to their skin, their nails so long they were almost curled under. The night they arrived they stayed overnight at our vet's office. The next day all 6 were scheduled for exams and vaccines. Before we could schedule them for their surgeries they all had to be groomed. It took a few short hours to shave away the years of neglect of their coats. It will still take time to heal their bodies and their spirits. One by one they were examined, weighed, vaccinated, and an age was guessed. Determining the age is very difficult on a puppy mill dog because the condition of the teeth is what is used to age a dog. Puppy mill dogs commonly have terrible teeth because of the poor quality food they are fed. Their teeth are commonly a color not meant for teeth, it is a combination of brown, grey and black. Upon examination each one had the same story, poor body condition and lousy teeth. All but one was determined healthy enough to be scheduled for spay or neuter.

Bernard, a Toy Poodle, was treated for an ear infection and diagnosed with a heart murmur, the vet recommended that we wait a bit to let him recover from the stress of the transport before putting him under for surgery. A chest x-ray was taken which revealed that his heart is slightly enlarged. Bernard also had what appeared to be a hole under his eye.  This in fact is an ulcer that is common in puppy mill poodles.   When the hair on the face gets too long the tears collect and keep the skin wet constantly.  Eventually the tears burn a hole in the skin.  His new owner will need to make sure that the hair on his face is shaved when he gets groomed so that the ulcer doesn't come back.  Over the next couple of days all of the dogs except for Bernard were altered, received microchips, a heartworm test and had their teeth cleaned. Some were lucky to only have a few teeth pulled. Some were not so lucky. Macey is one that was not so lucky.  Macey was found to have a fractured jaw, a tooth so rotten it ate a hole up into her nasal cavity, and a mammary mass. Dr. Luaces at Care Animal Hospital was able to surgically repair the hole in the roof of her mouth by placing a gingival flap of skin over it. The mammary mass was sent out to the lab and the results showed it to be a carcinoma.  Macey will need to be watched to see if the mass comes back.  Cullen, a black Toy Poodle had 3 teeth pulled.  Jacques, a Malti-Poo also had to have 3 teeth pulled.  GiGi, a white Toy Poodle had 4 teeth extracted and required bloodwork and urinalysis to make sure that her kidneys were functioning properly.  Maurice was treated for an ear infection and had a complex dental cleaning.  All of the dogs are now in wonderful foster homes. Thank you to all of our great foster families that opened up their hearts and homes to these puppy mill survivors. They are helping them become the dogs they were meant to be.

You can follow their progress on our website at

These recent expenses are a huge financial burden on a small organization like Placing Paws. It could greatly jeopardize the number of dogs that we will be able to save in 2010. We know that in the current economic times, it can be very hard to make a large donation. Please know that donations of any size WILL make a difference. We also have created many other ideas and opportunities for you to help.  If we all pull together and help out just a little, it will help out a lot and continue to allow us to save more animals. This is especially needed in these difficult times because the animals need us now more than ever.



  • Make a monetary donation and ask your company for a match. Many companies offer this and it is a great way to increase your contribution. Click for more details.
  • Donate a raffle item. Raffle items are a great Fund Raising opportunity for Placing Paws. Items of any size and value are welcome. Think big and ask your employer. Ask stores and places of service that you frequent if they would like to donate an item, service or gift certificate to raffle. Click for more ideas.
  • Have your dog washed at our Doggie Wash Fund Raiser. On Sunday Feb. 21st and Sunday, March 21st, from 11-2pm, for $20 get your Pup Fluffed and Puffed at K-9 Playtime. Click for more info.
  • Come to our Spring Shopping Boutique Saturday May 1, 2010 3-6 pm. Come Shop for Mom, Yourself or Your Special Someone. Just in time for Mother's Day or simply sprucing up for spring! Click for more info.
  • Group Fund Raising Ideas. Schools, Scout Troops, Church Groups, etc, are often looking for a local service project to serve the community. This is great way to help raise money and goods for Placing Paws. Click for more ideas and details
  • Host a Jewelry or Web Party or shop online at Nikki Vineyard of Vineyard Fashions will donate 20% of the proceeds to Placing Paws. Click here for more details.
  • Monday March Madness at Egg Harbor in Libertyville. On Monday's in March, Egg Harbor will donate 10% of your bill to Placing Paws when you present a coupon. Click here to print a coupon.
  • Eat at Aleks' restaurant on Friday, March 5th and present a Placing Paws coupon. Aleks' will donate 10% of your bill to Placing Paws. Click here to print a coupon.
  • Join us for a Wine Tasting at Viva La Vine's brand new Wine Bar June 1. (more details to follow)


  • K-9 Playtime inc 403 Washington Blvd. Mundelein, IL
    Thank you to Marla and the staff at K-9 Playtime. Marla graciously offers free daycare to all of our foster dogs. Marla is also our party hostess.
  • Care Animal Hospital 1101 West Park Ave. Libertyville, IL
    Thank you to Dr. Luaces, Dr. Morrison and the staff at Care Animal hospital for taking such great care of all of our rescue pets medical needs.


Placing Paws of Illinois, NFP, is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
We are an all breed dog and cat foster based rescue group.
Our main focus is to save dogs and cats that are in danger of being euthanized.