Multiple Hoarding Cases Leave Dutchess County SPCA Flooded with Felines

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100 Cats Await New Homes at DCSPCA

(Hyde Park, New York – March 6, 2020) – Three hoarding cases in the span of four weeks has left Dutchess County SPCA with lots of four legged friends seeking new families. Although the agency’s Humane Law department commonly deals with multiple hoarding cases throughout the year, it’s unusual to have three cases occur in succession. 

Humane Law Officer John Anderson says “Our job is to serve the community and resolving hoarding situations is a difficult but necessary part of our work. We’re happy that we have been able to rescue these animals and move them on to better lives.”

The circumstances of the cases have varied significantly, as has the health of the animals brought into the shelter. Dutchess County SPCA’s staff have been working around the clock to ensure that the cats receive all the care they need in a timely manner, so that they can find new homes quickly. Director of Animal Care Audrey Lodato states “Once the cats are in the shelter, the priority is to get them healthy and available for adoption as fast as possible. They have been through enough heartache and it’s time for them to have safe homes and families so they never have to experience neglect again.”
The cases also have a significant financial impact on the organization. All of the animals will need vaccines, and some will need costly surgeries and lab tests. Staff have been working long hours to care for the animals. Lynne Melocarro, Executive Director, talked about how the cases impacted the shelter financially. “Any time we respond to a situation like this, we utilize a significant number of resources. Staff time, equipment, veterinary care, food, litter…All of these things add up to a significant amount of money. We rely on the community for support in times like this and we hope that our county will step up to support the shelter. We don’t receive any government funding so cases like this stretch our budget along with our hearts.” 

Some of the cats are already available for adoption, and more cats will be moved up to the organization’s Adoption and Education center over the next few weeks. Donations can be made at the organization’s website,, or by mailing a check or cash to DCSPCA, 636 Violet Ave, Hyde Park, NY 12538


Related story: Dutchess County SPCA Rescues Over a Dozen Cats From Abandoned Trailer in Dover

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