Hoarding – When Enough Is Enough

In 2013, hoarding was officially recognized as a disorder in the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. At the time, the estimated number of animal hoarding cases was about 2,000 annually but those are only the ones we know about. We think the number that are never caught is much higher.

In the last week, CPR has been asked to step in on three different hoarding situations. We’ve answered the call and two of the groups are already at the farm. The third, nine poodles from a very rural shelter in Kentucky with no resources of their own, will be here next week. A total of 19 very ill animals are here now or will soon call the poodle farm home.

But hoarding isn’t always regular people with too many dogs and not enough resources. Partnering with Valiant Animal Rescue out of Charleston, CPR is helping VAR close down commercial breeders in the Carolina’s who have far too many dogs. VAR is a unique organization that assists in everything from large scale disaster relief to managing large scale animal abuse seizures. VAR reached out last weekend to ask CPR to take in 18 small breed dogs from some of the recent cases VAR has done. VAR sought us out after hearing of CPR’s work with rehabilitation of small breed dogs from many backgrounds and because of our dedication to sanctuary when adoption is not possible.

Are you counting? That’s 37 animals in a week. It has been a very long time since we’ve been asked to do so much so quickly but saying no meant some of these would die. That’s not acceptable but Luna’s Legacy Medical Fund is being stretched thin. We need your help.

This is not the super story rescue. This is not the dramatic pull. These are ordinary dogs who got in trouble. There are no big buck grants to assist with hoarding cases. There are no government funds coming to the rescue that takes these animals in. There is only you – our donors and supporters. Together we’ve gotten it done before. Together we’re going to get it done again.

We estimate that all together, we’ll spend an average $ 500 per dog in medical costs alone. So in about $ 18,000, we’ll start the hunt for homes or for those who stay with us, assistance to allow them to live the days given to them and pass away knowing they are loved.

2018 is our 18th year. In honor of meeting this milestone, my request is for a donation of $ 18 to honor our 18th and to go towards Luna’s Legacy for assisting these dogs and the others that will come in our doors this year. Can you help?

Meet our newcomers!

18 small breed dogs from Valiant Animal Rescue and Relief in their work to shut down commercial breeding facilities. These adorable pups are all social considering their backgrounds. All had fleas and intestinal parasites. Many have skin infections from unsanitary conditions. All need spayed or neutered, heartworm tested, vaccinated and microchipped before adoption. Many need dentals.

The seven dwarfs came from a hoarder in Athens, GA. We’re dealing with heartworms, intestinal parasites, anemia and poor body scores/underweight, skin infections, one with a broken back that has healed wrong and cataracts. These sweet pups have most likely never seen the inside of a house until CPR took them in. Most will place but we think Sneezy (broken back and incontinent – we’ve all learned to express his bladder) will be with us long term through our SOS program. They were listed as miniature labradoodles but are most likely poodle/cocker or poodle/golden retriever mixes.

These 9 are coming in from a small shelter in rural Kentucky. With no local rescues available, the shelter staffer who answered the phone started crying when board member Jen Reel called and committed to all of them. Poodles are not popular dogs in their area of the country and they were fearful all would be euthanized. CPR is on the way to pick up these dogs. We are assuming at the minimum most need spayed/neutered and dentals. A few have vision issues we need to address.

It’s a lot of dogs in a short period of time but thanks to all of you, we can make it happen. The dogs need us all.