Blog

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.

0 Comments
Add new comment

Comments

Comments

Cheyenne B

Where can the doxies be adopted? They are so freaking cute and I know someone who wants one.

Brittney

I am so happy to say I am one of the lucky people who got the privilege to be able to adopt of the little puppies! I already have a chiwinnie that I adopted a year ago that I absolutely adore and I wanted a playmate for her and fell in love when I saw a picture of my new little baby on petfinder! She is a bundle of joy. She is wonderful with my other dog but very shy around people. And has major separation anxiety which isn't a surprise since she was in a house with 50 other dogs. I am so happy to give her a loving home! For all those people bashing the poor lady that hoarded all the dogs, yes it is a disgusting thing but its a mental illness and she cant help it. She needs serious help and without the intervention and the amazing work of the ASPCA the puppies that were rescued would still be there. And I wouldn't be blessed with my little Hailey. So maybe you should ease up a bit and do your research before you go running your mouth.

madison

How old can you be to help ASPCA?

Linda Pannell

I sure do love a happy ending. The photos of these adorable dogs with their new pet parents are priceless. It's always so nice to see this, and to know that there are so many loving people out there. Thank you for all the hard work that you all do. Without you, and the loving people out there there would be so much suffering and pain. Linda Pannell

Linda Pannell

I sure do love a happy ending. The photos of these adorable dogs with their new pet parents are priceless. It's always so nice to see this, and to know that there are so many loving people out there. Thank you for all the hard work that you all do. Without you, and the loving people out there there would be so much suffering and pain. Linda Pannell

Christine

Thank you for intervening in the lives of these adorable dogs! They now have a second chance at being truly well cared for and loved.

Jenna

Adorable! My fiancé and I have a handsome boy shorthair mini doc named coco! We are looking to adopt a little girl shorthair mini doc!!

Pages