150 Dogs Rescued from Hoarder, Shelter Overwhelmed

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I received an e-mail from a long-time volunteer with the Austin Humane Society in Austin, Texas, and would greatly appreciate it if you would consider sharing the following:

Beginning last Friday, until yesterday, we started intake on almost 150 dogs voluntarily surrendered by a couple in rural Bastrop County, Texas. This one couple owned all of the dogs and became overwhelmed, as you can imagine, and reached out to Bastrop County Animal Control for help. BCAC, in turn, reached out to us.

We are overwhelmed by the magnitude of what these dogs need right now. Austin is very much a dog-loving city, and the people have been more than generous with their donations of money and supplies. Some of the dogs that were in better shape will be available for adoption beginning Saturday, but we still have at least 50 dogs out in foster, and the 59 we brought in yesterday are in much worse shape both medically and behaviorally. Some of them need specialist vet care that we hope will be donated to us by local vets and vet hospitals. This doesn’t even count the pregnant mommas we’re keeping tabs on.

More than anything, we need money. Money to buy things like medicine, medical supplies, and dog food. We are on Facebook (Austin Humane Society), and that is the best place to get updated news and info on how things are going and what we currently need, as well as pictures of the dogs.  We also have a website, www.austinhumanesociety.org, and people can donate online if they wish.

Thank you, Neil. For those of us who love dogs and can’t imagine our lives without them, this is an absolutely heartbreaking situation, but it only takes one face bath from a little pink tongue to know that there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

Liann Lech

38 thoughts on “150 Dogs Rescued from Hoarder, Shelter Overwhelmed”

  1. even if you are far away you could send coupons for food and treats and cleaning supplies.. im sure they could always use them.. espcially the buy one get one free coupons….

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  2. shared…! At least it seems all the dogs were not hurt, tortured, or anything else aweful been done to them. Lets hope they all find loving homes ASAP !

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  3. although its so easy for me to criticize because of the condition of the dogs i will sustain myself from doing that….the people in the home i know tried to do the right thing and i commend them for it but when a situation becomes overwhelming the best thing was to ask for help i know their intentions were not to hurt the animals but unfortunetly at the end it did….i am so glad that they called for help….i am not justifying that they allowed to go on…..i dont know if that could be me i started out with one dog and now i have 3…

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  4. my two youngest came from hoarders. They are not ‘abused’ or tortured but trust me they come with their own set of behaviour and personality challenges. They are a wonderful addition to our home, but it’s taken some work. And they were pups, not adults. NO one can properly care, socialize ortrain that many dogs so of course they come with some problems. BUT they will make loving additiosn to someones home they seem to know they have hit the lottery! when they find a home where they are treasured and paid attention to.

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