BONO, AR (KAIT) - A year after the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society took on the first hoarding case, they now have another.
The humane society rescued 42 dogs from a home in Black Rock in July.
The dogs are now being housed in a temporary shelter in Bono.
"This hoarding case came almost exactly a year after our very first one. We were hoping we wouldn't have to utilize this again but we are very fortunate to have use of this building for situations like this," NEHS Director Margaret Shepherd said.
Shepherd said these hoarding cases are not easy. She said taking in that many dogs are a lot of work and a lot of money.
"There is really a lot of work that goes into this," Shepherd said. "All that cost a lot of money, just because we are a humane society, we pay the same as a veterinarian would for medical supplies," Shepherd said.
Shepherd said they had to treat the dogs for multiple issues including intestinal parasites and skin issues caused by fleas.
She also said the dogs needed to be spayed and neutered and needed several vaccinations.
The humane society also had to purchase several pens to house the dogs and give them room to play.
"We had to buy these 10 by 10 pens to house these dogs in and because we didn't want them to be overcrowded only two or three dogs could be in a pen together," Shepherd said. "So we needed lots of pens, lots of fencing for the exercise yards we have set up so they can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine."
Shepherd said a lot of the medical help and fencing came out of pocket for the humane society, but the community also helped a lot too.
She said several people sent donations, which helps make these rescues possible.
"You never know when situations like this will arise and we have to be ready so donations are greatly appreciated because it does help us fund these types of situations," Shepherd said.
Shepherd said the dogs are doing much better just a few weeks after being rescued.
"We are so excited about how their social skills have greatly improved since they have been out here with us. They are playing with toys and being nice to each other and most of all they like to see people coming," Shepherd said.
The humane society will host a special adoption event in about three weeks so these dogs can find a new home.
She said it does take time to get all these dogs adopted out.
In fact, the final dog from the last hoarding case was just adopted in May.
Shepherd said she is hopeful because the humane society has a new transportation system.
"This year we are going to have a way where we can transport dogs to other shelters that have a higher adoption rate than we do. So if we can't get them all adopted out locally we have a partner that will help us get those adoptions done," Shepherd said.
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