(by Kroger Personal Finance)
If you have seen Animal Planet’s show, “Confessions: Animal Hoarding,” you know that hoarding animals is a serious issue that can quickly deteriorate into animal neglect, albeit unintentional. Many animal hoarders have the best intentions, but are oblivious to the harm they are inflicting on the animals in their possession. Often folks who take in more animals than can be properly managed believe that they are saving them and only they can care for them, despite the evidence to the contrary.
According to the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC), the criteria for animal hoarding includes having more than the typical number of companion animals; an inability to provide even the most minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care; and denial of their inability to provide basic care, as well as the impact of that failure on the animals’ health, their home, and even the other humans living in that home.
Animals who have fallen victim to hoarders often end up in deplorable living conditions that are far from humane or sanitary. An animal owner may start out with just a few pets, but they gradually take in more and more. With so many animals to care for, hoarders often fail to get any of them spayed or neutered. Combine this with their need to “save” more animals, and the owners end up with so many pets that they cannot provide the minimal care that each animal needs. Despite best efforts to succeed, the animals often suffer from starvation, illness, malnourishment, neglect and even death.