No, this is not at all like 101 Dalmatians.
This is the true story of 188 terriers, including new and pregnant moms, that were recently rescued from a hoarding situation by St. Hubert’s in Madison, New Jersey.
The dogs had been confined inside a house and never experienced the simple joys in life – walking on the grass, playing with toys, and new tastes and scents like peanut butter and cream cheese. It was all hands on deck as 100 St. Hubert’s volunteers pitched in to help provide nutritious food, comfortable bedding, vaccinations, medications, grooming, and lots of love.
Many have already found fur-ever homes. Some are in foster homes and others are in the excellent hands of our partner organizations.
Unfortunately animal hoarding is a disturbing and growing trend that can begin with the best of intentions. Often people don’t have the money to get the animals neutered and do not realize how quickly they will reproduce. One unsprayed female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in 6 years.
Signs that you are living near a hoarder include:
. A terrible smell coming from the hoarder’s property
. The house seems closed up, there are “No Trespassing” signs, and people are kept away
. Piles of newspapers and trash bags may be strewn around outside and the property looks in disrepair
. There may be a large number of animals outside
If you suspect a possible hoarder, call your local animal control officer or health department.
For more information on St. Hubert’s, or this dog rescue, log on to http://www.sthuberts.org/ or call 973-377-5012.