Hi, my name is Flats, and I came from the home of a hoarder. This is my story.
Though they mean their pets no harm, with so many of us (dogs, cats, whatever), it often leads to our neglect. This neglect often results in starvation, illness, and sometimes, sadly, our death. Sometimes a concerned neighbor or family member brings our dire situation of many to light when they call the authorities who take us to a rescue or shelter. The rescue/shelter workers, who are well meaning and caring, are then left to care for, and treat us. Like me, many dogs removed from hoarding homes are sick and need medical care. Sometimes it is expensive medical care. I was no different.
All twelve of us were in need of medical treatment and care. I do not know what my siblings needed, but I needed dental extractions and I had a benign mass that required removal.
Whenever a rescue takes in dogs from a hoarding situation, the task can be daunting and overwhelming, but these rescues do it for one reason . . . love. Always up to the challenge, these lifesaving rescues help many Labs (like me and my siblings) get the second chance we deserve. Additionally, they give us an opportunity– to find a life free of abuse and one filled with love.
Like Labrador Life Line.
Labrador Life Line is there too. Ready to help these rescues in helping Labs like me, get well again. So that once we are all better, we can look forward to new forever homes.
PS Nearly 250,000 animals are the victims of animal hoarding each year. Though considered a form of animal abuse, animal hoarding is different from other types of cruelty in that the abusers do not usually recognize the abuse they are inflicting on their pets. Unfortunately, hoarders believe what they are doing is out of love for their pets. In actuality, they are imprisoning the animals they think they are “saving” or “rescuing.