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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Alvaro Melendez

I thank all the ASPCA and other animal organizations for giving helpless animals a second chance. I also thank the New York family who adopted the Doxies.


Thank you ASPCA! We love to hear the good news happening!

Nancy Young

Your work is wonderful and inspiring and the level of intervention services is outstanding
I hope this is available everywhere

Dorothy Bienen

this is such a wonderful story.....we are all so thrilled that these doxies were able to find loving and caring forever homes...gratitude to the aspca!!!!! much joy....drb

Anne Grice

Thanks for this desperately needed intervention of these puppies and dogs. Thanks to all who gave good homes to these suffering animals, you have done something truly humane and kind. The owners's kindness may have been well intended but people must be dissuaded from this unacceptable practices. Any attempts to breed and sell animals privately must be seriously condemned. But sometimes people's kindness drive them to rescuing more animals than they can cope with just to help suffering animals failed by the system. But this situation must be discouraged by meaningful animal welfare laws and effective pet owners responsibilities. Thanks to the ASPCA for this intervention. The CIA work is definitely needed.

Brenda Crosier

I am a proud owner of several dachshunds and am wondering if any of these will be available for out of state adoption. I live in Colorado and we have room for one more baby to joing our current family if possible - please let me know!!!!!

Interesting to hear about all these Doxies. Good info.

Tina Ladd

Why should a breeder when overwhelmed with too many pups get such treatment when everyone else is cleaning up their mess? There should
be a law on how many dogs they can breed.For example if they have 8 pups they should place all 8 until they breed anymore. Population is
so out of control and I rescue and others keep paying for overbreeding of breeders. There are solutions. Enforce some rules.

I don't have a lot of patient with hoarders. While I know they have issues, it's always the animals that suffer. If you had 50 kids to care for, could you make sure they all got to eat, went to the doctor, etc. Doubtful - so I'm sure some of those animals suffered. But once again ASPCA is to the rescue. Thank you so much.


CONGRATULATIONS to ASPCA and others who rescue animals!! I think the Congress instead of giving all of our money to foreign countries need to pass a bill to have people SCREENED before they are allowed to have pets!!!! We are on our 2nd RESCUE dog.