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.
Animal hoarding is a complex and intricate issue with far-reaching effects that encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns. It has been estimated that there are 900 to 2,000 new cases every year in the United States, with a quarter million animals falling victim. Those “collected” range in species from cats and dogs to reptiles, rodents, birds, exotics and even farm animals.
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.
Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Florida, promoted itself as a sanctuary for unwanted felines—but the reality of life on the property was very different. After an investigation that spanned more than a year, local authorities determined that the nearly 700 cats on the ranch were living in a state of severe neglect. They called on the ASPCA for help.
Help A Hound Canine Rescue in Oppenheim, New York, had gradually accumulated 97 dogs in an area allocated to house just 25. Pit Bulls, Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Lab mixes and other breeds were living in exceedingly overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.
In February 2011, ASPCA responders deployed to Springfield, Ohio, to remove more than 400 neglected dogs from an overcrowded shelter.
The shelter, One More Chance Rescue and Adoption, had been declared a public health nuisance, and with good reason. Conditions at One More Chance were pitiful: Dogs were housed in hog barns dotting the property and lived in stacked crates. The shelter manager, Jeff Burgess, also managed a second shelter in Piqua, Ohio, where 100 animals had been confiscated earlier in February.