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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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Stephen

I am so glad I contribute to this org every month. Money well spent.

Thx for what you do.

Leslie Lougee

I had a mini doxie. She was 17 yrs 1 month and 26 days old when
she passed away. I have had wonderful dogs and everyone of them is forever missed. I would like to hear about the pups that come
to you in the future. Thank you for doing what must be done for
our little friends in fur coats. Sincerely, Leslie

charlotte

i own a doxie she is a rescue from the street i can,t believe someone would dump her out but she has good home to live in and run around the back yard she get along well with my sheltie mix also a rescue too

MARTI SCHICK

OH HOW I WISH I KNEW ABOUT THESE DOXIES,I WOULD OF HAD LOVED TO HAVE ADOPTED ONE, AS I OWN A BLACK N TAN CALLED OSCAR MEYER.THEY ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BREEDS.

Michelle

I have a dapple doxie that looks exactly like one of the ones in the picture. The long haired at the top is a twin to my Sadie. So adorable !!

kay

Thrilled that the owner of the "doxies" asked for help, as Im sure it was hard...im sure the owner had probalby grown attached to the litters and felt as if it was "their" responsiblity to find the pups a home...kudos to you both...

Susan Kleckner

I have two mini long hairs and would give anything to have two more. I LOVE these dogs! But rules are rules and with two cats, I'm over my limit.

Dee

Last year we adopted our little mini short hair chocolate dapple Doxie "Crissy" from the ASPCA and to love her is so easy, couldn't ask for a better dog. This next week we have to take her for behavioral behavior. She is great with us, but bites anyone she sees.She is very inteeligent, but can't cure the nipping and biting. Anyone else with this problem?
Have had many pups, but she is the only one with this issue.
We wouldn't trade her for the world. Hope this can be taken care of.

Tricia

We have 2 cats and live in a high rise. We are dog lovers. I volunteer for Canine Assistants here in Atlanta. We are considering a small dog as we lost both our German Shepards years ago. Any suggestions. I had a full size dashound growing up. We want a loving dog we will be ok without a yard. We have plenty of love.
Thx, Tricia

Tricia

We have 2 cats and live in a high rise. We are dog lovers. I volunteer for Canine Assistants here in Atlanta. We are considering a small dog as we lost both our German Shepards years ago. Any suggestions. I had a full size dashound growing up. We want a loving dog we will be ok without a yard. We have plenty of love.
Thx, Tricia

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