The phones have been ringing at Boston pet adoption offices today, as pet lovers vie to take home one of the 199 animals rescued late last month from a Lynnfield home, officials said.
The details of the hoarding case were announced Monday at a press conference at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Officials said they could not remember a case involving so many hoarded animals.
Animal welfare officials removed the animals from the single-family home and divvied them up among local shelters, the League and the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, said Ami Bowen, director of marketing for the League.
Rob Halpin, director of public relations at MSPCA Angell, said his organization — which has many of the dogs, birds and cats that were rescued — had been contacted by at least 100 people interested in adoption.
So far, the dogs have been shaved and treated for skin and eye problems and the birds are relaxing, said Halpin.
“Birds are very intelligent and sensitive to their environments,” said Halpin. “When we got them, many of them were very stressed and had plucked their feathers out. You might not look twice at a parrot with missing feathers when you come to adopt, but they will be fine once they’re in a new home.”
Bowen said many of the animals her group received were in poor condition when they arrived. The dogs had dirty, matted fur and were skittish. But after treatment and grooming, the cockapoo puppies running around the shelter today playing fetch and socializing are almost ready for adoption, she said.
“They’re so sweet and so friendly,” said Bowen in a telephone interview this morning. “They all have different personalities and will make wonderful pets.”
Bowen said many people have contacted her interested in taking one of the pets home.
“People have been great,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls, especially for the birds, which can be difficult to adopt.”
The birds have already been medically cleared and are ready to be placed in new homes, said Bowen. The dogs should be ready within the next few days, after they’ve been groomed, she said.
“We want to match everyone up with a good home,” said Bowen. “They deserve it.”