Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Animal hoarding

Recent reports (SMH 18May09) have suggested that animal hoarding may be out of control. It is a problem not onlyfor societybut alsofor the families and friends of the individuals involved. But when does having lots of animals becoming 'hoarding'?
Animal hoarding may be identified as having:
· More than the typical number of companion animals and holding on to all of them (not adopting out)
· Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness, and death
· Denial of the inability to provide minimum care and the impact on the animals, the household, and human occupants

Hoarding is actually a behavioural disorder,linked to obsessive compulsive disorder and needs psychological help. There are also considerable health risks with hoarding animals both for the animals and the people involved. If you suspect you or someone you know may be a hoarder, you can read more here.