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Animal Hoarding

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ASPCA Happy Tails: Soulful Seymour

It’s hard not to be amazed by the resilience of animals. Every day, we meet dogs and cats who have been rescued from terrible situations—abandonment, hoarding, cruelty and even fighting—but more often than not they welcome us with wagging tails and open hearts. When we met Seymour, a 70-lb. Catahoula Leopard mix, we knew he was one of those special animals. Rescued from the home of a hoarder, this gentle giant consistently amazed us with his kind and loving demeanor. Here is his Happy Tail.

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From Rags to Riches: Puccini and Pierre

Lisa Kisiel, a case worker for the ASPCA’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program, first saw the two tiny kittens whose eyes were sealed shut. Just days old, they lay with their mother and three siblings atop a ragged cardboard box and empty bags of Meow Mix, confined to a filthy closet with another nursing feline and her brood of five.  

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Rehabilitation Center Graduate Thrives as Part of ASPCA Staff Member’s Family

At the ASPCA, it’s not uncommon for our staff members to make special connections with animals under our care. That’s exactly what happened when Cheryl Suydam, a Rehabilitation Counselor at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, met Tallulah.

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Hope and Healing for Waffle the Chihuahua

Meet Waffle. This charming Chihuahua spends her days playing with toys, snuggling into warm blankets, and running around with fellow dogs. But that wasn’t always the case. Waffle first came to the ASPCA as one of a hundred dogs rescued from an animal hoarder. Her life at that point had been defined by loneliness and neglect, and the traumatic experience left her with an extreme distrust of humans.

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Cat Sees a Bright Future After Life-Changing Surgery

By the time Mojave was 5 years old, he had seen more than most cats will in a lifetime. Born into the home of a cat hoarder, the tabby spent his early years competing for basic necessities like food, love and attention. To make matters worse, he was suffering from a rare birth defect called eyelid agenesis, in which the eyelids do not form properly. Because of this condition, Mojave’s eyes were in a constant state of irritation from dust, eyelashes and even hair. Two other conditions called entropion and distichiasis also contributed to the sweet cat’s ocular distress.

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Referral from NYPD Leads to ASPCA Rescue of Nine Kittens from Hoarding Situation

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.

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Slideshow: Cats Removed from Hoarding Situation Find New Homes

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.

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Summer Lovin’ Cat Adoption Event in Brooklyn!

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 FAQ

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. 

Update: Dachshund Puppies Thriving in New Homes

Late last month, we shared the story of more than 50 Dachshunds, including adults and puppies, we recovered from a hoarding situation in New York City. We checked in with several of the dogs’ adopters to see how the pups are doing so far, and their replies resulted in a cuteness overload!


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