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Q: Are hoarders helpful or hurtful for animals?

September 30, 2009 | By Lisa B. | 15 answers | Expired: 1742 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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Amber
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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.
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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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Kris
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Oct 01, 2009

Hoarders are definitely not helping animals and need help themselves. You are right to ignore the "guilt trip" laid on you. What you are doing to foster and make these cats more adoptable is awesome. If this other lady is stealing animals or any animals she has are not getting the care they need, she should be reported. I would make sure she is watched very closely so the animals are protected. It is sad that any animal has to be euthanized because they cannot find a home, but hoarding is not the answer.

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jackie
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Sep 30, 2009

hoarders are sick people who mean well. But they usually dont take care of the animals andthey usually end up sick or dead from lack of care. Hoarding is considered a mental disease. these oeople usually cant even take care of them selves It is never a good thing

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jessie
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Sep 30, 2009

I think hoarders are hurtful, they can not take proper care of a animal, and cant or wont provide proper vet care, there should be a limit to the amount a person can have. I foster but on a small scale, I also find homes for them as I dont want to keep them with me and som far have had good luck placing my kittens

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