Rescued Dogs: Then and Now

Posted by April Nockleby, ALDF's Online Content Manager on May 21, 2009

When ALDF learned that our case, ALDF v. Woodley, was being featured in the June issue of Oprah’s Magazine, O, we were thrilled that this triumphant story of 300+ rescued dogs saved from a life of suffering would reach thousands, if not millions, of people and inform them about the horrors of animal hoarding. As our own special tribute to these very special clients, we put together the two videos below. Also be sure to check out our photo slideshows of the dogs before and after the rescue. To help stop animal hoarding, support ALDF’s First Strike and You’re Out law–a law for those who are convicted of animal neglect or cruelty.

ALDF received tremendous community support in our efforts to rehabilitate and rehome the hundreds of neglected dogs rescued in ALDF v. Woodley. The owner of an abandoned furniture factory in Sanford, N.C. offered the building as a temporary shelter, which became known as the Halls of Hope. In the midst of caring for these very special clients, ALDF staff and volunteers were able to shoot some video of the dogs during the time they spent in the shelter.

Attorney Joyce Tischler founded the Animal Legal Defense Fund in 1979. She never had a client move in with her, though, until a Boston terrier named Edgar won her heart during his stay at the Halls of Hope, scoring a one-way ticket with Joyce back to her home in California. From the ALDF headquarters, Joyce, with her now-constant companion Edgar, shares a little bit about how both of their lives has changed since the historic ruling in ALDF v. Woodley.