Though it’s only been a few months since the ASPCA kicked off its groundbreaking partnership with the NYPD, we are already seeing some amazing results. First, there was the case of Hall and Oates, followed by the story of Hank. Now, officers and advocates have teamed up again to rescue nine cats from a hoarding situation in the Bronx.
It started when a patrol sergeant from the 40th precinct received a routine call about a lot of cats. Upon arrival at the scene, the sergeant found a lawful but unhealthy situation. Fifteen cats were living in one apartment, nine of whom were kittens, and their owner was clearly overwhelmed. Thanks to our new partnership, the officer was able to refer the case to the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team for immediate assistance.
Now, these nine sweet kittens, all named after famous athletes, are in our Adoption Center comfortably awaiting their new forever homes. The CIA team is working with the pet owner to continue reducing the population, provide spay/neuter for the remaining cats and link her to social services for her own needs. They will continue to work with her as long as she needs assistance
If you are interested in adopting one of these kittens, please visit the ASPCA Adoption Center. Because there’s only one thing we like better than a happy ending: nine of them.
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This weekend, the ASPCA teamed up with our partners to host an adoption event for some very special cats who our Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team had removed from a severely overcrowded home.
For months we rehabilitated the cats and prepared them for adoption. On August 4, in partnership with One Love Animal Hospital and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, we set out to find them families. By the end of our special Summer Lovin’ adoption event, roughly 30 of these cats (and a few dogs from Sean Casey) found the loving homes they deserve.
Like all CIA clients, the cats’ owner worked with the program voluntarily. “This case was a perfect fit for CIA,” says CIA Director Allison Cardona. “We took it on immediately.”
The cats’ owner, a Bronx resident who had been a 9/11 responder, had 15 cats by 2012—neighbors knew he loved felines and would leave them on his doorstep, and he couldn’t help taking some in off the streets. But last year, he had two heart attacks and was diagnosed with cancer. He struggled to keep up with spaying and neutering his animals, and they rapidly multiplied to an unmanageable number.
Fortunately, the CIA program was there to throw him the lifeline he and his cats needed.
This case is typical of CIA’s work, and we’re so glad this team could step in and help. We never forget this life-saving program is all thanks to the support of our members. If now is a good time for you to give, we hope you’ll consider donating to the ASPCA today. You’ll touch the lives of countless animals. Thank you!
Earlier this year, the ASPCA removed scores of cats from a small apartment in the Bronx. We’ve been caring for and getting to know these sweet kitties ever since, and now they’re finally ready to find loving homes!
If you’re looking to add a feline to your furry family, and you can get to Brooklyn on Sunday, August 4, then here’s where you come in: The ASPCA is thrilled to be hosting our Summer Lovin’ adoption event to find these guys the families they deserve.
Looking for a kitty who’ll be Hopelessly Devoted to You? Tired of spending your Summer Nights without a cat to call your own? Then get down to our adoption event faster than Greased Lightnin’ and tell your favorite available feline “You’re the One That I Want!” (Seriously, we hope you’re convinced, because we can’t think of any more song titles from Grease.)
What: Summer Lovin’ cat adoption event to find homes for more than 30 hoarding victims.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: TWO locations in Brooklyn:
Downtown Brooklyn One Love Animal Hospital 317 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201 Map
Bay Ridge One Love Animal Hospital: Bay Ridge location 82-09 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
Adoption fees: Fees are waived on all cats over eight months of age. Kittens younger than eight months are $50.
Tell me more, tell me more: All cats come spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Each cat is eligible for a free follow-up vet visit at either ASPCA Animal Hospital or either One Love Animal Hospital location.
We hope to see you there! And if you can’t come but live in NYC, please download our flyer [PDF] and post it!
“Banjo was listed as extremely shy when I received his behavioral report. Upon bringing him into our home with Rhubarb [his dog brother] as a guide, he is a total social butterfly! Rhubarb and Banjo play wonderfully together, and not only has he learned from my teachings, he is learning from Rhubarb! They love to take naps together and drinking water at the same time— it’s so sweet to watch them scurry around together. We love Banjo very much and are so happy to have such a beautiful little puppy added to our family!”
Murphy (formerly known as Monika)
Adopter: Casey K.
“After meeting with one of the behaviorists, we were introduced to Murphy—she is playful, sweet, curious, and just a really great pup overall. It was love at first sight, and each day we are all falling more in love with her. She is a very happy, playful puppy. Many friends have come to say hello to her, and each day she become more bold and curious with us and her surroundings. She is very relaxed and often will fall asleep on her back and loves having her tummy rubbed. We are deeply grateful that she has come into our lives.”
Emily (formerly known as Emilie)
Adopter: Nicole D.
“My husband Tom, our 2.5-year-old Dachshund, Eli, and I walked to the ASPCA in hopes of adopting a little brother or sister for Eli. We picked out Emily, as she reminded us a lot of Eli, with the spots on her head and her fuzzy ears. When the two dogs met, it was clear that this was the start of what would become a long and beautiful friendship. Although Emily is still quite shy around my husband and me, she is learning from Eli, and I know with time, she will come out of her shell and realize all the love that surrounds her.”
Marcel (formerly known as Dieter)
Adopter: Melanie S.
“After losing my childhood pet two years ago—a Lab/Basset mix—I started to really miss the warmth and energy of a dog in my life. I love Dachshunds and was spending all of my free time searching rescue websites. Finally, I heard about the puppies at the ASPCA and ran over. Marcel is adjusting at lightning speed! His first night he stayed in the back of his crate, and shook for several minutes in each new setting. Now, as much as he loves his crate, he comes out to find me to play fetch!”
Roxy (formerly known as Katja)
Adopter: Nicole A.
“My husband and I have been looking for a dog for a little while now, and when we came across Roxy’s picture online we instantly fell in love. At that moment, we rushed down to the ASPCA and set up a meet and greet with Roxy. She was everything we hoped for and more. Roxy has a great personality, loves to play, and is already our best friend. She is definitely at home and is learning more and more each day. We are so excited to have her be a part of our family.”
Hailey (formerly known as Anja)
Adopter: Brittney H.
“I saw Hailey’s picture on Petfinder and fell in love instantly! She is doing excellent! Hailey has an older dog sister named Lola, and they love to play and snuggle together. She does have major separation anxiety, which is completely understandable, but we are working on breaking her out of that. Otherwise, she is doing awesome! I love her!”
Coco (formerly known as Silke)
Adopter: Maria G.
“I was looking at the ASPCA website on a Friday evening, saw all the puppies and dogs for adoption, and decided to come down to the Adoption Center that Saturday morning. I came to the ASPCA with my daughter, and we both decided that Silke was the one for us. She has her own room, and she has brought joy and happiness to us both! Silke, whom we have renamed Coco Chanel, has adjusted very well. She's my little superstar. We love and adore her.”
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.
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.”
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!