Animal hoarders ask for help: 10 mixed-breed dogs removed from home

TV show films Valley Humane Society rescue

A team from Valley Humane Society helped remove 10 mixed-breed dogs in ages ranging from 3 months to 4 years from a home of animal hoarders in the Sacramento area Monday after they asked for assistance.

"The owner voluntarily surrendered his dogs," said Steve Glavan, Valley Humane Society's executive director. "This was not a criminal case, and this individual and his family have taken steps to address this issue with our help."

Valley Humane Society, which is located on Nevada Street in Pleasanton, helped with the dog rescue in cooperation with the Animal Planet for its new hit series, "Confessions: Animal Hoarding." The series explores stories of people who own more pets then they can care for.

"This was situation where the producers contacted us directly," Glavan said.

"We wanted to work with a no-kill shelter with a strong reputation for animal care and placement and Valley Humane came highly recommended," said Jereme Watt, producer for the Animal Planet program. "They were sensitive to the situation, professional, and from watching them work we had the utmost confidence that all the animals would be cared for and find good homes."

Valley Humane Society will be working with local experts and its staff to assess the physical and behavioral condition of each of the dogs in the coming days, with the goal of making them available for adoption.

"We know that a lot of people have a passion for animals that come out of situations like this," Glavan said. "These are special dogs, and some may require patience and love to adjust, but we believe we can find a loving home for every one of them."

Valley Humane Society plans to update the progress of these dogs regularly on its Facebook site, as well as a blog, both accessible at

Glavan also noted that taking on this project will stretch Valley Humane's resources, but says the opportunity is too important to pass up.

"We still need to raise a significant amount of money as we move into our new facility, but this is our mission," he said. "We are confident that the community will respond to support this effort."

Local companies, including Murphy's Paw and Pet Food Express, have already stepped up to provide supplies and volunteers to assist with the care of the rescued dogs, he said.

Animal Planet is highlighting the problem of animal hoarding, which Glavan says is little understood and far more common than most people realize. There are over 3,000 reported cases a year, and at least 10 times that number that go unreported.

The series brings families together to voluntarily find humane solutions that work for both pets and people. Learn more at

To learn how to contribute directly to the ongoing care of the Valley Humane rescue dogs, or support Valley Humane Society's ongoing programs, visit its website or call 426-8656.


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Posted by Mary Wineberg
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

I saw the story on the 10 dogs and would be very interested in adopting one, especially the black dog with the white blaze on its chest. Looks like a possible border collie mix.

I can be reached at:

I live on the peninsula, south of San Francisco

Thank you for your help

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Posted by PW Reader
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm


Please direct any inquiries about adoption, donations or programs DIRECTLY to Valley Humane Society, not through the comments section here. VHS staff may not read nor respond to these comments about a person possibly interested in adoption. Contact VHS at 925-426-8656 Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm or see their website at

And please note that VHS welcomes donations of any size--see their website for details.


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Posted by Sara Jefferson
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

Thank you so much for bring this issue to our attention.

I'm a researcher for the series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, currently airing on Animal Planet that tells the stories of people overwhelmed by the number of pets they own. The problem is on the rise and affect communities across America.

If you are concerned about the health of animals in someone's care and suspect they may be hoarding them, we might be able to help.

Most animal hoarders don’t see themselves as hoarders, and sometimes don’t intentionally collect animals. Their relationship with their animals has threatened their relationships with friends and family.

Most of these situations aren’t dealt with until they become criminal. This results in animals being euthanized by over-stressed shelters, and doesn’t address the underlying psychological issues - meaning nearly 100% of people end up in the same situation again.

We are dedicated to finding comprehensive long-term solutions and believe therapy to be key to this. We can bring in experts to help people and their pets.

If you or someone you know needs help because animals have overrun their life, visit to learn more and submit their story. Alternatively, contact me directly at or toll-free at
1 -877-698-7387.

We will treat all submissions with confidentiality and respect.

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Posted by Miss Vivian
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I'm not surprised Valley Humane stepped up in this situation. I have interacted with the group throughout the years and have always been impressed with their compassion and professionalism. VHS is a resource to the tri-valley area.

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