Over the past year, we’ve shared their stories with you, including recent Rehabilitation Center graduates Peanut Butter and Jelly, a group of dachshunds rescued from a hoarding situation, and Zack, a puppy mill survivor. This week, we’d like to tell Bubba’s story.
Bubba came to the Rehabilitation Center in mid-November 2013 from an overwhelmed shelter. He was scared and undersocialized, and he needed intensive rehabilitation to prepare him to join a new home.
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty behaviorists, with support from behavior and care experts at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, worked with Bubba every day for several weeks to reduce his fear and anxiety. We are thrilled to report that Bubba successfully graduated from the Rehabilitation Center and was transferred to St. Hubert’s to find a loving home. It didn’t take long—soon, Bubba found his perfect match. He is now thriving with his adopter, and we couldn’t be more pleased by the happy ending to Bubba’s story.
At the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, we work to treat fearful, undersocialized dogs who need our support before they’re ready for adoption. We’re thrilled to announce that three former victims of animal hoarding—Waffle, Juniper and Hillary—have completed our rehabilitation program and are looking for loving homes!
These adorable pups have come a long way on their road to recovery:
Waffle: Waffle, one of 100 dogs living in a studio apartment in New York, was rescued in April 2012. She spent time with multiple rescue groups and in a foster home, but she remained extremely fearful—especially around men. She was transferred to Second Chance Pet Adoption League, which brought her to us for rehabilitation. Waffle has come a long way, and will be graduating from the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center in a few short weeks!
Juniper: Juniper was rescued from a hoarding situation in Connecticut in May 2013 and taken in by Second Chance. She was extremely shy—she bolted away from people and was very fearful of handling and leashing. Second Chance brought her to the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center, where she recovered. Juniper is thriving in a foster home, and she can’t wait to join a loving family.
Hillary: Known as a “Most Improved Pup,” Hillary was rescued from a hoarding situation in New York and taken in by Second Chance. She was the shyest and most traumatized dog of the group of 19 dogs in her former home. In a foster home, Hillary remained extremely fearful of all people and wouldn’t allow anyone to handle her. She was transferred to the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center in July 2013, and after extensive care and treatment, she graduated in January 2014!
Waffle, Juniper and Hillary are back with Second Chance waiting to find loving homes. All three dogs would do best with adult adopters who already have people-friendly, dog-friendly dogs. If you’re interested in meeting one of these new graduates,contact Second Chance by email: [email protected] or by phone: 973.208.1054.
Note: You must be in the New Jersey area to adopt. Thanks for helping us find homes for these adorable dogs!
Kristen Collins, ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, reports that although several dogs tentatively wagged their tails and cautiously explored their new kennels at the Rehabilitation Center, all are fearful and need intensive help before they’ll be ready for placement.
“They’re adorable and they definitely have lots of potential,” Collins says. “We’re looking forward to helping them learn how to enjoy petting, leash walks and all of the other things they’ll experience when they are adopted at last.”
Stay tuned for updates and photos to come as these dogs progress on their journeys to becoming beloved pets. We can’t wait to watch their recovery!
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Expecting the unexpected is par for the course when rescuing animals from cases of cruelty. But little did we know that two turtles would become part of the story of thousands of birds rescued from a cockfighting bust earlier this month.
Outside the raid site in Queens, Julia Blue, an ASPCA responder, discovered an abandoned red-eared slider. Julia took the turtle, whom she named Spalding, to her home, where her bunny, a hare named Jack, was not thrilled with his new slow-and-steady companion.
Meanwhile, a New York Times reporter, who was covering the raid, also found a turtle, encrusted in snow and ice, at the scene. She contacted the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society (NYTTS), and the organization agreed to find placement for the lucky reptile, who was named Ice-T by Times readers.
Julia contacted the NYTTS, too, and eventually the two turtles were reunited. Both turtles were placed with an urban wildlife education program, where according to NYTTS, their back story will help bring attention to the larger issues facing abandoned pets.
In late January, the ASPCA FIR team rescued 40 dogs from Dream Catcher Kennels, a large-scale, inhumane commercial breeding facility (also known as a puppy mill) in Nancy, Kentucky. Now, nearly three weeks later, the majority of these dogs are ready to put the horrors of breeding behind them and find their true forever homes.
After their rescue on January 21, the dogs were housed in a temporary shelter where they received medical attention, behavioral enrichment and socialization to reduce stress and improve mental health. They are now being transferred to Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) and Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) in Columbus, Ohio, to be made available for adoption.
“Today is a turning point for these dogs as they move toward life in a home with owners who treat them with respect,” says Jessica Rushin, Partnerships Manager for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
Of the 40+ rescues, only six of the dogs are not yet ready for adoption. They are en route to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, NJ, where they will receive further treatment for under-socialization and extreme fear—remnants of the trauma caused by living in a puppy mill for years. We are optimistic about their success and expect them to be suitable for adoption in the coming weeks.
As for the kennel owner, Dennis Bradley, the future is less bright. He has pled guilty to animal cruelty in the second degree and received six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months. He will not be allowed to operate a kennel or breeding operation for the duration of his probation.
While we are pleased with the progress of this particular case, our work is far from done. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA. In addition, help us continue our fight against puppy mills by taking our pledge not to buy anything in pet stores that sell puppies at www.NoPetStorePuppies.com.