Everything Rosie: How a Pup Rescued From a Backyard Breeder Is Inspiring Change

Inspiring People Around the World

Rosie’s story has also inspired people to rescue dogs in similar situations.

“People write me and say, ‘After looking at Rosie, I realized I had room in my home for a dog that is old or looks unadoptable,’ or say, ‘I found a cute old dog, and I’m bringing it home and I wanted you to know,’” says Muhlbauer.

People send her photos and stories, which she posts on Rosie’s page. There are currently 35 rescue stories featured on the website. Dr. Lupo was impressed by the outpouring of love Rosie has received.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. She’s won the hearts of thousands of people. It shows the compassion people have for animals, which is amazing. It is an inspiration for me to see how people care,” says Dr. Lupo.

Rosie and Friend

Backyard Breeding in the U.S.

Rosie’s story is also drawing attention to the problem of backyard breeding, which is “similar to puppy mills, just on a smaller scale,” according to the ASPCA.

“They are breeders who keep more dogs than they can responsibly and humanely care for, in order to breed them and sell the puppies for a profit,” says Cori Menkin, Esq., senior director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mills Campaign.

Menkin says many breeders sell online or directly to the public to avoid regulations, and since they are not required to be licensed, it’s impossible to track how widespread the problem is.

“State regulation is spotty, and enforcement is not always the best,” says Menkin.

If people want to help combat backyard breeding, Menkin recommends adopting from a shelter and avoiding buying puppies in pet stores. Muhlbauer also suggests people look into the dog breeding rules in their community and alert animal control if they find a backyard breeder.

“Rosie is an example of when greed takes over everything in your life, and you don’t think of a dog as a living being,” Muhlbauer says.

Muhlbauer also recommends looking into whether or not you can adopt a special dog like Rosie.

“Rosie is the poster child for how a life can change from knowing a dog like Rosie,” Muhlbauer says. “To know a dog like her can live a full life, a happy life, makes all the difference.”

Learn more about Rosie’s story and how you can help by visiting Everything Rosie. Learn how the ASPCA is fighting puppy mills and backyard breeders at their Advocacy Center.


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