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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How great of a story is that! Dachshunds are a wonderful breed and are extremely loyal. I rescued my little guy (Odie) but in return he rescued me. Do not know what I would do without him. I applaud the ASPCA for having programs like this to help the animals find better homes before it is too late.


What a great story! I hope the new owners have been versed in the possible medical needs of these doggies...IVDD is serious and common in Doxies :) Happy endings pups!!

Carolyn Kelleher

Huge thank you to Luba, Doug and Dale who helped us in our adoption of "Ludwig". You are all amazing.


I would be interested in adopting one of these beautiful Doxies, and I am also in NYC. Please let me know when the next adoption cycle is for them.

Leona Moore

So nice to see all the photos of the new families with their dogs...have a wonderful life all of you!!!

Jaime Perez

I'm so glad for all the sweet dogs. What a wonderful thing that they got rescued and are going to their forever homes. Yay ASPCA! Keep up the good work.


I saw this story and my heart just melted. I have been looking for a daschund for awhile now. I would love to help find a forever home for one of the puppies of for an adult. I am not sure if my location would hinder that. Please email me if would be a possibility.

Thank you!

Melissa S.

Thank you for your help, training, educating, and support to ensure animals are well taken care of. Anyone who is interested in adopting, should also consider contacting their local animal shelter. There are plenty of animals who are waiting to be adopted nationwide..

Heidi Lannigan

Thank you so much to everyone who gave these beautiful doxies a Furever home. I have 2 long haired mini doxies that I love so much. I would love to have 1 or 2 more. Dachshunds really are amazing & lovable pups who are so much fun & so loving. Thanks ASPCA for all you do to help these precious little pups find safe & happy homes.

Marilyn Acosta

I have had Doxies all my life as a young child to now as an adult. They are one of the kindest, most loving breed of dogs there is. All of you that saved these Doxies will have love for the rest of your life. Congrats!!!