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Lebanon woman cares for animals at Dreamland

Gabe Farmer, Democrat Correspondent • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM

When 10 puppies left for dead were found in the middle of a road in Smith County, Donna McGregor, owner and operator of Dreamland Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Lebanon, took them in with hopes of nursing them back to health. 

McGregor did all that could be done for the puppies, but unfortunately they all died. McGregor hopes this tragedy can help bring attention to the importance of getting pets spayed and neutered. 

A necropsy from Kord Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory showed the cause of death to be septicemia due to improper umbilical cord handling. On Dreamland’s Facebook page, Mcgregor wrote, “Bottom line, they were ripped away from their mother before they were given a chance to live.” 

McGregor stressed it is extremely important to spay and neuter animals so instances like this one can be stopped.  She said many organizations, such as New Leash on Life, will spay or neuter animals for as little at $15. In addition to spaying and neutering, McGregor said having animals vaccinated is also important. Vaccines can easily prevent many potentially deadly diseases pets can contract.

Even with the loss of the puppies, McGregor is currently taking care of nine dogs, 20 cats and kittens, two horses, two goats, one ewe, one pig, one guinea hen and two peacocks. At 68, McGregor alone cares for the 38 animals that live on the Lebanon sanctuary. She says the job is a 24-hour-a-day task. 

Rescuing animals is a lifelong passion of McGregor’s. She founded Dreamland in 2006 and has since become a rescue shelter for animals from six counties. McGregor said one of her dreams will soon come true as Dreamland Animal Rescue and Sanctuary will soon officially be a nonprofit organization.

McGregor has several animals available to be adopted, all of which have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. McGregor travels to Pet Smart in Mt Juliet on Saturdays with animals up for adoption. Available animals can also be found by searching for Dreamland Animal Rescue on petfinder.com.

McGregor is always willing to accept time from anyone who can volunteer to help feed, transport, clean, play with animals or any of several other jobs needed to be done. Anyone who would like to help McGregor, may call 615-374-2315. Monetary donations can also be given to the sanctuary by donating to Dreamland Animal Rescue accounts through either CedarStone Bank or TN Vet Care. 

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