Q: Are hoarders helpful or hurtful for animals?

September 30, 2009 | By Lisa B. | 15 answers | Expired: 1898 days ago

Lisa B.

i foster care cats and I think I can help so many more if I don´t adopt them all. I have helped thousands of cats get prettier coats and play better with people before they are put up for adoption, but I´ve been dealing with a lady who has real emotional dyfunction when a pet is put up for adoption. She lays a guilt trip on me that I ignore and is always saying they will be put to sleep. She even took a ladies dog and said she would take it to the vet and then didn´t return it. Weird. I´ve heard of these type of people, but I´ve never associated with them before. I met her through the Humane Society because she would pick up animals in certain neighborhoods where I was a volunteer.

Readers' Answers (15)

Oct 01, 2009

hoarders are hurtful by definition. hoarding isn't so much about numbers as it is about the owner's ability to care for their pets properly. if you've got a very large house, can afford food, litter, vet care, etc for 100 cats, and can manage to keep the place clean and sanitary, then you're not a hoarder. but for someone with more limited funds and space, they may be a "hoarder" even with far fewer cats, just because they can't care for them properly even though they keep obtaining them.

if this person is truly hoarding animals, they need professional psychiatric help to get past the denial and see the suffering that they are causing. and since hoarders, again, by definition, are neglectful of their pets, they can also legally be charged with animal cruelty. and that's just your run of the mill hoarder. if they're stealing pets in order to hoard them...they could face very serious legal consequences.

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Katie M.

Oct 01, 2009

I believe that hoarders are hurtful to pets. They may think they are helping animals and have good intentions, but they aren't. They need help themselves before they can help animals.

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Elizabeth C.

Oct 10, 2009

The number of pets isn't what defines a hoarder. It's their denial of the animal's health and needs. You can have 30 dogs and not be hoarder if you are able to feed them, give them the routine and emergency vet care they need, and exercise and socialize them to satisfy their mental needs. On the other hand, you can have 10 dogs that are wormy, unvaccinated, and sick, and be in denial of their problems. That's what defines a hoarder.

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