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Animal Allies rescues 24 dogs from hoarding situation

Updated: June 10, 2020 07:22 PM

Animal Allies is in need of help and generous donations from the community after responding to a hoarding situation involving 24 dogs.

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There's a GoFundMe page for the dogs, where Animal Allies explains the situation. The 24 Basenji mix dogs were discovered in a Animal Allies service area.

Animal Allies Development Officer Michelle Carter said the adorable Basenji dogs came to their shelter at perfect timing.

"It actually worked out really well because with the COVID-19 scenario happening right now, all of our dogs have been put up into foster homes or even been adopted. We have lots of kennel space available so these guys were able to each have their own kennel space and really have time to decompress and kind of get used to their new surroundings," said Carter.

Animal Allies says the dogs come from a challenging situation. They lived together with limited human contact. Animal Allies said each dog will need its own individual care plan.

"Overall they were pretty well cared for and many of them were very healthy none of them are particularly underweight. What we are seeing and have been working with them on is that they are relatively under socialized. In addition to that, many of them had really never been on a leash from what we could tell so we've been working with them on leash training," said Carter.

Some of the dogs already available for adoption and others will be with the animal shelter for an extended amount of time. Carter said this isn't the first time they see hoarding cases like this.

"Over the years we have dealt with cases similar to this, some are smaller, some are larger. The overwhelming similarity in all of the cases of people who have the animals is typically they end up in a situation like this because they love the animals so much and it just kind of catches up with them," said Carter.

Animal Allies is asking for donations to provide care for the dogs. They said some of them are in better physical and mental health than others. Six of the dogs will need significant medical treatment beyond what they can provide at the shelter.

Thankfully, Animal Allies was able to find a placement for them with rescue groups that specialize in the type of care they need.

The medical team is assessing the needs of the remaining 18 dogs. Some of them need hernia surgery and dental work. All of the dogs will be given medical exams, vaccinations and will be spayed or neutered.

Animal Allies said taking in a large group of special needs dogs like this is a huge strain on shelter resources. They said the adoption fees will only cover a fraction of the real cost of caring for the dogs. They estimate the cost will be between $350 and $1500 per dog. That's why Animal Allies is asking the community to step in and help.

Animal Allies says these dogs have likely never lived in a traditional home environment, adding that they are going to require work, patience and special training on the part of the adopters, which Animal Allies says they will help with.

The donations had reached over $6,000 by Wednesday afternoon. Animal Allies is hoping to reach a goal of $10,000 to give all the dogs the care they need.

"We are just overwhelmed with gratitude. Our community is always so supportive and it never fails that they step up when we put out an ask for a need like this," said Carter.

Tito's Vodka, a charity partner for many animal welfare groups nationwide, called Animal Allies and said they are matching the next $5,000 in donations to help the Basenji case.

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