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Q: Do you or someone you know have too many pets?

April 15, 2010 | By Cdewitt | 8 answers | Expired: 1586 days ago

Cdewitt

We are producing a new TV show for Animal Planet about people who own a lot of animals, 15 or more.
Do you know somebody whose life is overwhelmed by his or her animals?
They may mean well, but owning too many pets puts a strain on them, their finances, their family and their pets too.
We can offer expert help, free resources, and the chance to tell their story about the joys and challenges of owning a large pet family.
If you, or someone you know, has a house full of pets, email us at realstories@petfamily.org or call us toll free at 1-877-MY8-PETS

We are looking to film before the end of summer 2010.

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Apr 18, 2010

I have quite a few animals but I am both financially and emotionally capable of handling them. There are people who continue to take animals in when they can barely afford to feed themseves, that is when there is a problem. I think that show will every beneficial.

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daryl b.
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Apr 18, 2010

i do know several but not here on z2 i will pass the info along.

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Linda B.
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Apr 18, 2010

I don't know any currently, but in the past I had neighbors who would pick up every stray they found. They meant well, but the animals weren't vaccinated or spayed/neutered and there was a lot of in-breeding going on.

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Stephanie  C.
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Apr 16, 2010

That's a good point speciesluv. If they could get some more rescues recognized, that would help everyone out.

Thanks, princesserika.

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Kitty W.
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Apr 16, 2010

That's not cool. I think it's perfectly fine to have 15 or more pets. As long as the pets are being taken care of and it's not like that guy that has 100 cats, then there ya go. I agree with stephanie. She's a good example.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Apr 16, 2010

I'd like to see some guidance for such folks that can turn them into "an official shelter/rescue" to get some tax breaks for the food and such. Many "rescues" are really just that....folks collecting animals who eventually filed some papers. I'd love to see laws enacted that require to get those tax breaks the folks MUST spay and neuter all of their beasts and be able to prove it. There are a few here who have posted bits and pieces about such things here (OldWetHen for one...thanks) but you could bring that process to the masses and help out a lot.

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Jillian
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Apr 15, 2010

i think they mean those who don't have the veil of mental illness to separate them from your every day folk who's animals outweigh their responsibility. lots of people *collect* animals w/o actually being a hoarder, this show would tap into an even more common demographic.
great show concept, can't wait to see it!

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Stephanie  C.
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Apr 15, 2010

Well, I have a large pet family. Most city people think I'm nuts and that I have too many. BUT I am not a hoarder. We can afford them all, and they are well cared for - just look at my profile. I study Biotechnology and Animal Science. I do my own farrier work, give my own shots, make my own hay, and do my own training.
I can't tell if you're looking for hoarders, or just pet families, I do have more than 15 though.

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