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Yankee Rose
November 4th 05, 12:59 PM
I'm a freelance journalist (part time), and I have been a lifelong
lover of animals. So, I don't find it odd that I fell into the job
that I did (Zoonotic disease Research Analyst)
working for the state. I've become involved in a lot of animal
oriented projects at a much higher magnitude, but I remember, and
cherish every year that I spent in animal rescue. And many times it
was a literal rescue - from a treed cat at midnight who's flea collar
had slipped under a forearm and had litterally embedded itself into the



skin and muscle layers, to the feral which had been hit by a car and
was hiding under some parked trailors. I remember it seeming like
hours while I lay belly down in the cold mud, inching forward, and
praying that I wouldn't lose the cat.


I saw the results of animal hoarding in the worst way possible - after
a fire. Trying to rescue those that had a chance, and having a vet
immediately euthanize all the feral cats that were locked in the
basement and suffered smoke inhalation and some burns.


When I speak on animal hoarding, I recount my own experiences, but I
would like to hear from other people who have been through similar
situations. As a public health official, and a member of a Hoarding
Task Force which has brought agencies and organizations together so
that they may work together in times of crisis, animal hoarding or not.



I have worked with Dr. Randy Frost, and am on the Task Force with him,
but don't honestly believe that he knows as much about animal hoarding
as the papers that he's published report. I hope to add to this
deficit of first hand knowledge which he has, and which I or we have
experienced first hand.

I'd love to hear stories,anecdotes, opinions, anything at all.


Thanks!
Claudia

November 6th 05, 03:50 AM
Yankee Rose wrote:
> I'm a freelance journalist (part time), and I have been a lifelong
> lover of animals. So, I don't find it odd that I fell into the job
> that I did (Zoonotic disease Research Analyst)
> working for the state. I've become involved in a lot of animal
> oriented projects at a much higher magnitude, but I remember, and
> cherish every year that I spent in animal rescue. And many times it
> was a literal rescue - from a treed cat at midnight who's flea collar
> had slipped under a forearm and had litterally embedded itself into the
>
>
>
> skin and muscle layers, to the feral which had been hit by a car and
> was hiding under some parked trailors. I remember it seeming like
> hours while I lay belly down in the cold mud, inching forward, and
> praying that I wouldn't lose the cat.
>
>
> I saw the results of animal hoarding in the worst way possible - after
> a fire. Trying to rescue those that had a chance, and having a vet
> immediately euthanize all the feral cats that were locked in the
> basement and suffered smoke inhalation and some burns.
>
>
> When I speak on animal hoarding, I recount my own experiences, but I
> would like to hear from other people who have been through similar
> situations. As a public health official, and a member of a Hoarding
> Task Force which has brought agencies and organizations together so
> that they may work together in times of crisis, animal hoarding or not.
>
>
>
> I have worked with Dr. Randy Frost, and am on the Task Force with him,
> but don't honestly believe that he knows as much about animal hoarding
> as the papers that he's published report. I hope to add to this
> deficit of first hand knowledge which he has, and which I or we have
> experienced first hand.
>
> I'd love to hear stories,anecdotes, opinions, anything at all.
>
>
> Thanks!
> Claudia

November 6th 05, 04:00 AM
Glad you posed the topic, Claudia.
Voice of the Animals is a 501c3 for animal welfare/rescue. We had a
classic example of what you describe almost 4 years ago. We were
called in to help an elderly lady with a large number of cats that she
said she could not care for any longer.
In actuality, she was hoarding and trying to breed for munchkins,
siamese, himmies, persians, etc. She was also aware of satan cult
activities but would never acknowledge it or try to stop it.

We brought almost 60 cats/kittens out of there. The inbreeding was
unbelievable. Felv base is many and a predisposition to herpes virus.


There is a big difference between loving many animals and trying to
help them vs. collecting and letting them breed and die from inbred
diseases.

We see other situations similar but not quite as many at a time as we
did with that group 4 years ago. Please stay in touch and we can share
other experiences with you. Email: .
Ed/Cheryl