According to a Fox New report, dated March 12, animal shelters and rescue groups will soon have help rehabilitating dogs that are seized from puppy mills or hoarders. The ASPCA is opening a rehabilitation center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J. The Behavioral Rehabilitation Center is being financed by the ASPCA and is scheduled to open this week.
Dogs rescued from puppy mills are usually scared of the outside world. Most of them have lived in cages their entire life, with little or no contact with humans. These dogs can become traumatized when they are rescued and taken to a new location. They may show many signs, from anxiety to aggression or just plain withdrawal as they cower in a corner and shake.
Up until now, animal shelter workers or rescue groups have tried to work with these dogs in the hopes of socializing them and getting them ready for adoption into a loving home. If a dog cowers in the corner or pees all over his self when someone approaches him, his chances of being adopted are slim to none.
Kristen Collins, ASPCA director of anti-cruelty behavior rehabilitation is the director of the new center. According to her, the center will also work with dogs that have been seized in cruelty cases and have been confined for a long time. Some of these dogs are held as evidence in court cases. Collins is very excited about it all:
It’s the first ever facility that’s dedicated strictly to providing rehabilitation for dogs that are victims of animal cruelty.”
There are 27 kennels and Collins predicts that the average stay for a dog will be about six to eight weeks, but also adds:
We don’t have a hard and fast rule. All dogs are individuals. We will be flexible”
The center will be staffed by a team of 10 people that includes two behavioral experts. The rehabilitation center will also have many volunteers who will help feed, care for and walk the dogs. All care and expenses for the dogs while they are at the facility are being paid for by the ASPCA. They are expecting their first arrivals soon.
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