Most of us are familiar with what hoarding is. If you are unfamiliar with hoarding, check out some of our other blogs on the dangers of hoarding, or how to approach helping someone with a hoarding disorder. However, animal hoarding is a unique form of hoarding where animals are accumulated and ill-taken care of. The individual who owns the animals may even deny the poor living conditions which the animals are in. This is a tough situation, and it can be tougher to find a way to approach the issue. Below we've included some resources for you to use that may be of some help.
Animal (pet) hoarding is a complicated issue and not talked about as often as general hoarding. There is a difference between raising/taking care of numerous animals and hoarding them. Animal hoarding doesn't restrict itself to collecting only one animal, nor does it only negatively affect the person hoarding, it also negatively impacts the health and well-being of the animals.
Hoarding is a serious issue that can be a problem for many loved ones and families. Some people you would never have guessed could secretly be hoarders. Some people like to collect, and some people have a bit more than they should, but real hoarding is a serious issue. Hoarders can quickly get to a point where their hoarding is negatively influencing their health. One study has estimated that between 2 and 5 percent of Americans suffer from a hoarding behavior. Here at Clean Earth Restorations we take hoarding very seriously and have written out some signs of hoarding, so you might be able to recognize if a loved one is a hoarder.
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People who hoard animals are typically well intentioned. Their love of animals might draw them to take in unwanted cats, dogs or other animals. But when someone hoards animals, no matter the good intention, the animals and the person are in danger.