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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brenda crockatt

thank god there are still people in this world that still care and love these beautiful creatures,they give uncondional love at anytime.please,please, lets continue to take a stand againest animal abuse.

Connie Young

I have had many over the years. Right now I have 3, one mini, 2 tweenies. I love them so much! So glad they were rescued. I have a hard time, not taking many home myself. I do understand the lady. I have 3 to take care of, get shots, heartguard and flea stuff. I don't think I could handle anymore. They all sleep with my husband and I in a king size bed! LOL

Patrick Oliver

Congratulations Doxies!

Maria Elisabeth...

Although it is horrifying, the thought of 60 animals or more to be hoarded in a home .... and you just wonder how can they be taken care for .... just maintainance for a dog can be costly! I own one chihuahua, rescued from a similar situation. Just regular health maintenance, vaccines, flea prevention, heartworm prevention can be costly. And overall, she's a fairly healthy little animal! What is to say about 60 animals! And some of them with special needs! But I hear accounts about of how animal hoarding happens. The hoarder loves animals. Sometimes the word spreads around .... there's an animal in distress, people don't know what to do with it .... "Oh! Here's John/Jane Doe (not regarded as a 'psycho' at this time) who lives across the street! S/he takes homeless dogs ... I'm sure s/he will have compassion with this one!" And, sure indeed, John/Jane Doe feels moved when s/he sees the abandoned animal, and another animal gets in this household ... compounding the problem! The problem of animal hoarder is more complex than just judging the hoarder as a "psycho", etc.!

steve blank

thanks to everybody!

Beth Sharman

The person who made those uncalled for, uninformed comments about the lady being a physco needs to get himself educated. Backyard breeders do not care about the animals. All they are doing is trying to make money. The animals are not loved, fed well, cleaned or have any human contact or vet services. Hoarders love their animals. Usually it starts small, but eventually gets out of control. They interact with their animals. They don't realize that they are actually harming them. Hoarding is a mental disease and needs to be treated as such. They should not be treated as criminals. Backyard breeders are the criminals.


I have two doxies and would love to help save more...please email if there are any that need a good home.

Colleren Jackson

So she still has 34 dogs in her apartment??


those dogs are cute:)


I just recently became the owner of an absolutely adorable little dachshund puppy myself. I just love her! Seeing these pictures just melted my heart. I'm sooo grateful there are amazing rescue organizations like this one out there. Thank you.