To rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for severely neglected and abused dogs from commercial kennels, puppy mills and other unfortunate situations; to eliminate the puppy mill industry in Ohio by raising awareness through education, outreach, protests and other events; to help individuals find responsible ways to acquire dogs as companion animals.
Please enjoy this video from 2014. Since we created this educational video, we have rescued over 850 dogs in need.
Marilyn’s Voice was founded in April of 2007 by Kristina Lange. When the owners of the infamous Buckeye Dog Auction announced its sale and relocation to Geauga County, Kristina stepped up to the plate to organize a peaceful protest against the auction, known to cater to puppy mills from Ohio and throughout the United States. After further research, and from her own experience in owning two puppy mill rescues (Marilyn Monrow and Jackie-O), the horrors of what these dogs and puppies go through at the mills and auctions became devastatingly clear. She was further appalled to learn her own state of Ohio is one of the worst states in the number of these puppy mills. Kristina vowed to dedicate her life to fighting this despicable practice.
Through the pressure of city officials, the media, and members of the upcoming protest, the Geauga Dog Auction was cancelled. Unfortunately, the Buckeye Dog Auction then returned to Holmes County.
Now that they’d begun the fight, and with a great victory behind them, Kristina and her supporters formed “Marilyn’s Voice.” The group is named after Kristina’s rescue, Marilyn, whose vocal cords were cut while she was still at a puppy mill. Such debarking is a common practice in these situations to keep a large number of dogs quiet. The members of Marilyn’s Voice promise continue to educate the public about the puppy mill problem in Ohio.
Marilyn became a certified therapy dog with TDI (Therapy Dogs International). Marilyn loved visiting patients at the hospital and nursing homes where sometimes they are sick, in pain, lonely or depressed. Because she, herself, had felt all of these emotions, she could quickly sympathize. Marilyn had a special gift of instantly making others feel loved.
Sadly, Marilyn passed away on November 13, 2007. Her vocal cords had been cut in the puppy mill causing irrepairable damage to her trachea. The subsequent buildup of scar tissue led to her untimely death. We, the volunteers of Marilyn's Voice, are now, and always will be, her voice. Marilyn's Memorial Page
Marilyn's Voice's is a 501(c) (3) registered non-profit corporation. We are a 100% volunteer organization and are supported by adoption fees and donations. All of our rescued animals are lovingly cared for in private foster homes until their adoption into screened and approved forever homes.