For the second time in 2011, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) has offered assistance in a hoarding situation by welcoming 14 dogs and 6 cats into their DC facility. The animals, rescued by Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue in Petersburg, West Virginia, were some of the 57 dogs and 8 cats discovered in filthy conditions inside a resident's home.
“This is second group of animals that the League has taken in from a hoarding situation this year,” WARL CEO Dr. Gary Weitzman explains. “Typically, animals like these, who have suffered long-term neglect, need lots of supportive care and rehabilitation, both medical and behavioral. The good news is that the League’s team is extremely good at meeting the needs of neglected and abused animals; we give them everything they need to put their past behind them and become contented and healthy pets in their new, adoptive homes.”
Despite the abhorrent conditions these animals were living in, the animals do not appear to be badly medically or behavoirally damaged. After veterinary examinations at the WARL Medical Center, each animal will be assessed by the behavior and training team prior and then ultimately made available for adoption by the public. WARL anticipates that some of the the dogs and cats in their care could be available for adoption as soon as Saturday, April 23.