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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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Mandy Agee

I got A Jack Russell Someone had Abuse Her When she was small. I'm Glad I got that Dog and her Name is Lady.I went to Independence Missouri Animal Shelter I'm So Glad I got her.

Linda Putignano

I would love to adopt a doxie. Male puppy to 3 years if any come available please contact me by e-mail.

Thak you.

Heather

My neighbor has 65 doxie dogs and puppies she is supposidly a kennel but no one will do anything about the noise and she is throwing dead puppies over then fence which because we all have wells her next door neighbor is concerned of water contaimation. They are in kennels and what looks like rabbit hutches all thru her yard. I do not feel a breeder should constantly have that many dogs.

rolando peralta

I HAVE TRY TO ADOPT EITHER A AFGHANHOUND,OR pATTERDALE TERRIER,CALLING EVERYBODY,THAT RESCUE DOGS,THEY ALL TREAT ME LIKE i WAS CRAZY,NOT ENOUGH YARD,NOT ENEOUGH MONEY,ETC.TALKING TO SEVERAL FRI9END,THAT OWN DOGS,THEY REPEATED THE SAME STORY,NOT ONLY THE RES CUER WANT CLOSE TO 1000.00,THEY ASK YOU TO DONATE,BUT THEY DONT HAVE ANY DOG ABAILABLE.YOU GUYS ARE A JOKE.

miriam

thanks God, is people in this world with good heart

debbie young

made my heart swell! Great work!!

John

Hoarders have an illness. Rescue the pups but stop making her out to be a villain. I think the last thing she wanted was to harm her babies. She got overwhelmed.

The important thing is these pups find good homes and that the woman gets help and prevents this from happening again.

Save your nasty words for those people, including children, who intentionally harm animals because they are sociopaths or psychopaths.

Kristy

I am a monthly donor of the ASPCA as well as other animal rescue groups & I can not think of ANY place I would rather send my hard earned money...It makes me so happy to open my email & read these sometimes sad yet heartwarming stories. I think you guys do great work & the animals you help are so lucky that there are people out there who care so much about them & their well being....I will continue to donate to this organization as long as I am able to....keep up the good work!!!

Olga silva

We were there when the puppies were to small to adopt . Do you still have puppies up for adoption .

BarbaraRose Farber

As the parents of three rescues, a female Rat Terrier who was released to a shelter because her owners were divorcing, and neither could..or would keep her, I asked the shelter staff if they left their children there too for adoption? One woman replied, "I wish!" A male very Macho Chihuahua who we rescued the same day as our terrier to become her forever brother, both are now about 11.
Our third rescue is a now 5 year old black & white Chihuahua, with the energy of a 5 month old. We have nicknamed her 'Panda', not for her coloring, it is short for Pandemonium!

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