We would like to thank you all for your outpouring of support for our work in the Howell, NJ hoarding case. (Please read the story of this rescue effort here.)
We have a great deal of experience with taking dogs from hoarding situations and know what living in those types of conditions can do to a dog. With 276 dogs living in one house, many of them never received any human interaction. Many had never been outside or knew what grass felt like on their feet and we are certain that most had never had a bath or a vet visit in their lives.
They are terrified, traumatized, and who can blame them? They do not know how to handle someone holding them and giving them attention, they have no idea of how to walk on a leash. They are literally starting their lives over from scratch, and trying to erase the memories of the chaos and neglect that they suffered for so long.
The rehabilitation of these dogs will take time. We have seen in similar hoarding situations in the past where the dog gets adopted and goes home, only to be expected to be a "normal dog" right off the bat and the adopter to lose patience with them. We have seen many dogs escape their yards or slip their collars while out for a walk and go missing.
Just last year we found out that a dog that was adopted from us a few years back from a hoarding situation got away from her owner while out for a walk. The poor, scared pup was missing for two long years. She was finally found last year and was reunited with her owner and now, we have learned that she has gone missing again last Friday in Whiting, NJ. Again, she was out for a walk and escaped from her owner. Again, she is terrified, alone, and wondering where her next meal is coming from.
We will do everything in our power to ensure that this type of thing does not happen again and will not let these dogs go until they are ready. They have been through so much in their young lives, we don't ever want them to have to suffer again. They will be in our care for the next few weeks and we would greatly appreciate any donation that you can make toward their care. Please make a donation to our Res-Q Fund or you can text HumaneHelp to 41444.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and concern for our new little group of friends. We will update again soon on their progress.