Animal Hoarding: Partnering with Community to Create Change

Dara, Ruiz, Foster/Placement Manager, Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Program
American SPCA (ASPCA)

Does your community struggle with animal hoarding situations? Are you interested in resolving these issues in a way that is holistic and sustainable? In this session, come and learn about the ASPCA's New York City-based voluntary program that focuses on connecting people to much-needed human service agencies and providing services aimed at improving the welfare of the animals involved. The workshop facilitator will share information about applying this kind of programming in your own community. Come problem solve with us!

Key Learnings:
1. Communities around North America experience animal hoarding cases.
2. A program can be developed and implemented based on your own city/community's needs to tackle this issue.
3. Looking at other alternative approaches to dealing with and solving animal hoarding cases. 


Dara Ruiz

Dara joined the ASPCA in 2013 and is the Foster/Placement Manager for the organization's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) Program. This program is focused on New York City and aims to prevent animal cruelty before it happens by addressing the root causes of animal suffering and providing long-term, sustainable change. In this role, Dara oversees the intake and placement of animals surrendered to or assisted by the NYPD/CIA Program. Dara's background includes forensic social work and advocating for domestic violence victims.