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Michelle Yue, Gary Weitzman, Of Washington Animal Rescue League Say Rescued Dogs Are 'Amazingly Resilient'

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  • WARL rescued 18 dogs from a hoarding situation where 100 were crowded together.
  • WARL rescued 18 dogs from a hoarding situation where 100 were crowded together.
  • WARL rescued 18 dogs from a hoarding situation where 100 were crowded together.
  • WARL has taken in 18 dogs from a hoarding situation in Macon, Miss., where more than 100 were kept.
  • WARL has taken in 18 dogs from a hoarding situation in Macon, Miss., where more than 100 were kept.
  • WARL rescued 18 dogs from a hoarding situation where 100 were crowded together.
    

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.(WUSA) - Their sad faces, cowering bodies and eyes full of fright say it all. Two cocker spaniel mixes named Casablanca and Wisdom had very little contact with humans, had no health care, and and were living in unsanitary conditions.

"You can see they're still shut down," explained Michelle Yue, Behavior & Training Director for the Washington Animal Rescue League. "They're hiding. They're not seeking human contact. In fact, they avoid it."

The Washington Animal Rescue League recently agreed to take in 18 dogs, including a mother and her litter of 10 puppies that are in foster care.
Some are being treated for health problems like heartworm disease, but many are now being gently trained to become comfortable around humans. The dogs would have been euthanized if the League didn't take agree to accept them.

"That's what we specialize in" said Gary Weitzman, CEO & Veterinarian of the Washington Animal Rescue League. "There was no other option for them so we said we'll take them in."

The Humane Society of the United States estimates 6 to 8 million cats and dogs enter an animal shelter every year. Of those, about half are euthanized, while the other half are adopted.

The Washington Animal Rescue League last year found homes for more than 1500 cats and dogs.. Nearly 300 of them were rescued from natural disasters, hoarders or puppy mills.
It's may be a tough road to recovery for these animals, but many of them end up becoming great pets for the right home.

"Surprisingly, most of them will overcome a lot of this" Lue said. "They're amazingly resilient."

The best situation for a hoarding rescue dog is going a home with no young children, because these dogs can't be around any unpredictability. The rescue dogs, depending on their behavioral challenges, should be ready for adoption anywhere from a few weeks to a couple months.

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