21 Dog Rescue from El Dorado Hills Hoarder elicits Plea for Help

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 28, 2016 / comments

The beautiful homes of El Dorado Hills sometimes hides ugliness behind a grand facade as we see in a case of a dog hoarder.  This week a local dog rescue organization put out a call for help to associated rescue groups to help with a rescue of 21 dogs from terrible conditions.  Kasey, a very experienced local animal rescuer went in to assess the situation and here is how Kasey described it: "such a sad and overwhelming day....We walked into what appeared to be a beautiful large home in El Dorado Hills. What did we actually walk into....21 dogs in a house that belongs to a hoarder. I can't even describe the numb feeling that came over my body.... And the smell was something else..."

The local rescue organization, Foothill Dog Rescue, called for help writing, "Needless to say, this rescue is going to completely tap all of our resources. The dogs will be bathed tomorrow night and we will start them on vaccinations. We are looking for very special fosters that can help these dogs adjust to normal healthy living conditions. Most of them are small terriers and there is a 11 year old female bull terrier - these poor babies need our help, and we're going to be there for them. If you can help by fostering, please email our volunteer coordinator today - volunteerfdr@gmail.com"

Animal hoarding is keeping a higher-than-usual number of animals as domestic pets without ability to properly house or care for them, while at the same time denying this inability. Compulsive hoarding can be characterized as a symptom of mental disorder rather than deliberate cruelty towards animals.  When people think about dog hoarding, they usually conjure images of severely neglected animals living in unimaginable conditions. It can be easy to judge the hoarder harshly. But most times, according to Karen L. Cassiday, PhD, and owner and Clinical Director of the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, dog hoarding almost always comes from a deep love and concern for the animals on the part of the hoarder.

Dog hoarders seek out animals in need at local shelters, on the streets, and online. In fact, internet sites like Craigslist have helped contribute to the problem by making animals in need readily available with no questions asked. Hoarders have every intention of caring for, or adopting out the animals they take in, but the nature of their disease makes it difficult for them to let go or provide the necessary attention the pets need.

If you hear about a case of dog hoarding, consider donating to the shelter that is caring for the animals to help defer the cost of their treatment. Or you could open your heart and home by adopting one of the victims. 

The local organization helping in this El Dorado Hills case is Foothill Dog Rescue of the Sierras. 

501c3 Non-Profit    DLN: 17053311352013
4131 South Shingle Rd Ste 14
Shingle Springs, CA. 95682
530-676-DOGS (3647)
email: info@foothilldogrescue.org

via: http://foothilldogrescue.org/

Mission Statement:
Foothill Dog Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing dogs from high-kill shelters and dogs from owners who can no longer care for them. Our committed volunteers work with local veterinarians, trainers, groomers, and boarding facilities to prepare our dogs to transition to their well-matched forever homes. We also provide after adoption support, information, and training services for our new  owners. Our goal is to reduce the number of healthy, adoptable dogs, including pregnant dogs and those with puppies,  whose time has run out at the shelter and place them in loving forever homes. We believe there are far too many  wonderful dogs that end up in shelters through no fault of their own, and there are many wonderful people in our  community that support our mission.

We hold weekly adoption events (closed on some holidays) on Saturday from Noon to 3PM.  Our available dogs can be viewed on Facebook , under Foothill Dog Rescue in the photo album called ‘available dogs’.    Our dogs are also  listed on Petfinder.   The available dogs are also listed on our ‘temporary’ website at www.foothilldogrescue.org. Our adoption fees of $250 for puppies and $200 for dogs over 4 months include spay/neuter, microchip, age  appropriate vaccines, worming and other medical care they may need up and until adoption.   We offer a 2 week trial on all our dogs to ensure they are a good fit in their new home.  The adoption fee is fully refundable within the 2 week trial.

Our  office hours are Mon-Wed-Fri from Noon to 3PM   You can meet the rescue dogs on Saturday noon to 3.

All of our dogs are placed in foster homes and without our fosters we would not be able to rescue all the dogs  (over 900 since we started) that we have re-homed. 
Please consider fostering for us as it increases the dogs we can pull from the ‘high-kill' shelters as we can only pull the amount of dogs we have fosters available for.

If you have additional questions please ask our volunteer office staff and if they cannot answer your question they will direct you to someone who can.