Fresh Starts for Doxies Born into Hoarding Situation

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 12:15pm
Fresh Starts for Doxies Born into Hoarding Situation

Earlier this year, the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department received a tip that a New York City woman was living with a large number of dogs. When Agents arrived at the woman’s home, they found more than 50 Dachshund adults and puppies.

It was clear the owner needed help, and that the ASPCA’s pioneering Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program was best suited to assist.

A team of five professionals that includes a social worker and case worker, CIA aims to stop cruelty before it starts. A large part of the team’s work is intervening in hoarding situations to assist both the animals and the people involved. CIA’s groundbreaking, holistic approach to these complex and sensitive cases both improves the welfare of animals affected and helps prevent hoarders from acquiring more animals.

Participation as a CIA client is voluntary, so it’s essential that the team ensure clients feel comfortable asking for assistance. In this case, says CIA Director Allison Cardona, “the owner had reached a point where she was very overwhelmed by continuous litters and wanted help—initially just for spay/neuter—but as we engaged with her and established a relationship, she admitted to being overwhelmed by the number and expressed interest in giving some of the dogs up for adoption.”  

The client agreed to initially surrender 21 dogs. “Despite her desire to reduce the population, it's still very hard for her to part with the animals, and it's a slow process,” Cardona notes.

All 55 dogs received spay/neuter services, wellness checks, vaccinations and other veterinary care as needed from an ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic, the ASPCA Animal Hospital and our partner veterinarians. Some of the adult dogs will receive ongoing behavioral treatment from ASPCA behaviorists. Fourteen of the Doxies surrendered were puppies who headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center to start their new lives. There, they were spayed and neutered, received treatment for infection, and soaked up lots of socialization. Soon after they became available for adoption, of course, the puppies were quickly snapped up by qualified families.

In the coming weeks, the very grateful owner will surrender another wave of dogs, and the CIA program will continue to work with her to ensure the welfare of her animals.

“Our cases stay open for as long as is needed,” says Cardona. “We form lasting relationships and continue to check in and provide services beyond the initial intervention.”

Fresh Starts for Doxies Born into Hoarding Situation

Stay tuned to the ASPCA blog for more information on this case, including photos of the puppies in their new homes. For now, we hope you enjoy these happy adoption pictures of some of the rescued puppies starting their new lives. We sure did!

To learn more about the complex issue of hoarding, please visit our Hoarding FAQ. To see more adorable adoption photos, check out our special Facebook gallery.

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Victoria Gilmore

Thank you for this wonderful rescue of dashounds!!! We just lost our "Heidi" last year and still miss her very much. We adopted a Min-Pin mix. However, would love to own another dashound...they make wonderful pets. God Bless all rescuers...we save lives.

Terri Reising

I too am so thankful there are organizations like yours out there to help these helpless animals and the people who hoard them. I too am owned by Doxies, at one point we had as many as 6, mostly rescues. I too would be interested in adopting &/or fostering. Thanks again for all you do.

Have a Doxie to...

Hi: Anybody interested in a rescued Doxie who I named Chico, please call 6467367437. He's the most adorable short-haired, miniature tyke. The vet estimated Chico to be about six years old.


I would like to thank you for caring for these animals and do consider you all a gift for GOD

Diana Spendelow

Everyone who has expressed an interest in adopting a dachshund from this ASPCA rescue should realize that there are many, many, other dachshunds available for adoption from other dachshund rescue groups around the country. Some of these groups are: Dachshund Rescue of North America (DRNA), Almost Home Dachshund Rescue, Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue, among others. Google any of these to see what dogs they have available and where they are being fostered.It's alarming how many are in need of new homes. Dachshunds are one of the breeds that are most produced by puppy mills and sold at pet stores, and then dumped in shelters or given up by their owners who bought them on impulse and then didn't want them, so please look elsewhere if none are available through ASPCA. I've fostered dachshunds for 5 years and adopted two. If you love this breed you'll be doing them a great service by giving one (or more)of these unfortunate little ones a loving and forever new home.


God bless all of you who work to help find homes for these creatures who so desparately need it, and God bless those of you who gave forever homes to these puppies and dogs!


Are there more if so please let me know

Sharon Richter

Loved these photos and the happy endings. They are my family's favorite breed. Had a wonderful long haired Doxie, Jillian for 14 years and now rescued a chi weenie, Maggie. Did all of the puppies get placed? We are in Missouri or we would have tried to help. Thanks!


What a great organization! I'll be donating immediately. Seeing those sweet faces with beaming new families has brought tears to my eyes.

Anajetsy S. Ibarra

Please let me know if we can still offer a warm loving home i currently have a dashound and thinks its ready for a sibling.