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Saved From Puppy Mill Cruelty: See Boomer's Survival Story

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In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing with you several stories of animal survivors who were saved through the efforts of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) this year. Though the stories have their heartbreaking side, every story ends happily -- with concerted action resulting in lives being saved.

The HSUS works to prevent cruelty. But we also ride to the rescue when animals are in distress. This is an important line of our work, and I want to grow it and save even more lives in the year ahead. To that end, I've set an ambitious goal: to raise $1.2 million online by Dec. 31 for our 2011 Animal Survivors Fund -- to fund our rescue work and all of our other work to help animals.

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Today, first in our Survivor series, I share with you the story of Boomer. Please watch as my colleague Betsy McFarland tells of Boomer's misery, followed by his rescue and his journey to a new, loving home.

In July, our team found Boomer living in squalor in a Mississippi puppy mill, locked in a tiny garage with dozens of other dogs, his hair so matted and tangled it was ripping his skin. Along with more than 100 dogs, Boomer was rescued that day -- the first step in his new life where he'd meet people who cared about him and wanted his suffering to end. Today, he lives in a home, his coat shines, and he has plenty of room to roam.

After you watch Boomer's inspiring story, please support our 2011 Animal Survivors Fund. All the things we do for animals -- passing laws, filing lawsuits, educating the public, doing undercover investigations -- have such merit and they are all critical in our march to progress. But it feels so especially good to turn around the lives of these creatures in crisis through our rescue work. It gives us all hope for a better day, and it's within our power to do this for so many animals if we just have the resources.

This post originally appeared on Pacelle's blog, A Humane Nation.