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Q: Are hoarders helpful or hurtful for animals?

September 30, 2009 | By Lisa B. | 15 answers | Expired: 1835 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.

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APPLEISSOCUTE11
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Oct 11, 2009

I they are people who most offten have good intesions but leck t properly care for the animals

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Elizabeth C.
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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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Bellacat3
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Oct 06, 2009

You always have to consider what would happen to your pets if something happened to you. What if you lost your job? What if your house was destroyed in a natural disaster? What if you got sick and needed to be placed in a hospital long-term? What if you died?

The reality is that people with more animals can get into trouble in a hurry. It is easy to find temporary solutions or new homes for one or two animals but 5 or 10 or more?? My boss is currently trying to find a home for 4 dogs who where orphaned when their people got killed in a motorcycle accident. It is tough to find someone to take in 4 dogs!

Just try to arrange care for your pets while you go out of town on vacation. If it is a huge hassle, you need to consider if you have too many animals. Remember that there are other people out there that do care about animals. I foster for a shelter and have personally placed several kittens with friends. Those animals enrich the lives of my friends. I and they would have missed out on that special relationship if I had kept those kittens for myself.

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Brandi O.
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Oct 03, 2009

I have 8 cats and other animals and people might look at me like a hoarder but I care for all of them all have shots and are fixed but some people have all these animals and don't get them shots or anything that is bad but if you are taking care for them then the more the merrier but if you have 10 pets and none have shotes or anything i feel the people should be in jail and that is that

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a w.
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Oct 03, 2009

i think that hoarders lack something within themselfs that make them want to "collect" they feel that only they can care for these animals and that they are doing a good thing which is not true. they are hurting the animals by the aniaml mess and the animals dont get one on one time like a normal household would be.not to mention all her neighbors are in danger too. i would turn her in its nice she wants to do a good thing but she isnt.

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Jillian
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Oct 02, 2009

i would have your humane society keep an eye on that lady at her home address. hoarding is extremely harmful to animals, and often times the hoarders themselves. hoarders are just animal lovers who can't seem to comprehend when it's gone too far. they always have a mental illness that alters their perception on whats truly right for the animals and think they've rescued all these animals when in reality, they're making them suffer.

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Momba
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Oct 02, 2009

Hoarders mean well, but they have emotional issues and are unable to care properly for animals, as much as they would like to. It's a serious problem, not just in our country, but elsewhere, too.

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Lori
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Oct 01, 2009

I think they are hurtful. They honestly believe they are doing the best thing for the animals. Although they are neither financially of physically able to truly care for them. I watch Animal Cops on the TV and it seems to be always the same type of people. They can't seem to let one go, but they often have sick, injured or dead animals on their property. I know I couldn't take care of hundreds of animals. My single bird and my nephews dog take up a lot of time and that is only two.

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Tricia L.
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Oct 01, 2009

I would say hurtful.
They have a mental illness where they think they are "helping" the animal.
They really are not helping...

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daryl b.
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Oct 01, 2009

i also believe hoarders are hurtful to the animals. after thay get so many they can't possible give each individual the attention they deserve

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