Hoarding in Real LIfe




FAWN FEMALE (4)-Pippa

Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

On August 9th, I got a call from someone that I know regarding 50 pugs that needed homes. She had heard through various sources that these pugs were in a hoarding situation and needed rescue. Needless to say, I put the word out to my pug rescue contacts and went to bed in tears. The next day was a series of phone calls, text messages, and emails. So many local and regional rescue groups stepped in for assistance and to foster the dogs. After it was all said and done, it was only 4 pure bred pugs and the rest were other breeds and mixed breed dogs. One of the pugs went to Atlanta to a rescue group; K-911. SEPRA accepted the other three. Two of the little girls, Etta and Pippa, came to stay with us until we could get them to Alabama into a foster home. Manny was the only boy and he stayed with us for 3 weeks until he was able to get on a transport to Albany, NY. These pugs were remarkably well socialized and wanted so badly to be next to people and receive love and affection. Medically, Manny only suffered from open sores probably due to scratching at fleas. The girls are not so fortunate; all three of them have some back issues that will need to be evaluated. This comes on the heels of another hoarding situation where pugs and Boston Terriers were removed from a property in Georgia. SouthEast Pug Rescue and Adoption took in 4 of the pugs which face months of medical rehabilitation. I’ve seen episodes of animal hoarding on TV, and although horrifying, you are watching it from the comfort of your couch with your animals that are well cared for. In real life, someone has to pick up the pieces and put the dogs back together. If you are aware of a hoarding situation, please contact your local authorities and animal shelter. The sooner; the better. For donations for these pugs and other needy pugs, please visit SouthEast Pug Rescue and Adoption at www.rescuepug.com


Etta


Manny

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