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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Sharon Barrington

Thank you,thank you for rescuing these sute dogs. So many hoarding situations turn out badly. I am grateful that ASPCA has established the Cruelty Intervention ADvocacy so that the person doing the hoarding can get help as well as the animals being hoarded.

Pat McArdle

I have 2 Dachsy rescues. Would Love another but your website shows many have already been adopted. I'm from Suffolk Cty and its a long drive would like to know or see what you've got left before I make the trip in.


charles grigsby

I also have adopted a wonderful dauchund from an animal shelter here in Las Vegas. My "Lucky Boy" is such a precious adsdition to my household and he is a very sweet and funny dog.

Deborah Hightower

I am so thankful for people like these who adopted these precious little ones. I have a Doxie and love her. She gave me 2 beautiful litters and I was able to find loving homes for all the pups. Mostly family, especially my 2 daughters and their children. Keep up the good work.


Awesome story and thanks for sharing the photos! You could just see the love that both parties were about to share!!


Really impressed with your work with hoarding. More great reasons to continue my support of your organization!


What a Heartwarming story! Thanks to the CIA interventionists and the adoptive new parents! May God Bless the hoarder and may she continue to love animals enough to seek further help when needed. All animals are precious gifts! May we all continue to show Love and Compassion for our four legged friends!


This is a great story, but there are people & rescues all over the country trying to save every dog, cat, horse, donkey, ferret, etc....from homelessness and/or death. Whatever type of animal you want to adopt, please just check out your local shelters/rescues!! I know a woman from a local rescue who drove to Missouri twice to rescue dogs from puppy mills. They then had the vet visits, socialization training, spay/neuter & adoptions. Instead of getting hostile towards the Doxie lady, who probably rescued the first dogs from some kid "giving away" dogs on the street & then got overwhelmed, people should continue mobilizing against puppy mills large & small (all for profits) and to keep on people to spay/neuter their pets----because obviously there are a lot of people who still don't get it----over 4 million pets put to death every year because their aren't enough good homes. In many cities, there also needs to be many more AFFORDABLE spay/neuter sites. A lot of the vets around me charge $400-----that is very expensive, and I don't live in a high end part of town.


It makes my heart swell to see the happiness in these pictures. Great job ASPCA......


thankful that all or most of those doxies got loving home they are wonderfull little dogs i have a mini name max thank you aspca