Hoarding is a complex issue in itself. The struggle with getting the simplest, day-to-day activities results in a diminished quality of life. This issue becomes far more dangerous when animals are victims of this situation. Animal hoarding is often described as a distinct mental health disorder. The reasons people “collect” or hoard animals are related to previous mental conditions that need to be addressed to help both the individual and the animals living in these conditions.
Bio-One of Orange works with law enforcement, local authorities, and Humane Officials when animal hoarding scenarios affect the community. Our ultimate goal is to help those in greater need, and while these can be tough situations, we understand that many lives are at stake.
We are sharing the common signs to help identify an animal hoarding scenario, plus how our Bio-One of Orange specialists can assist people in getting their life back together and, hopefully, save the lives of innocent animals that, in the end, are just victims of a mistaken, missed approached intention of love.
Many people own multiple pets. That doesn’t make them animal hoarders. Animal hoarding signs are associated with a group of characteristics that include:
Animal hoarders usually lose count of how many animals are under their care. This is especially dangerous as animals can reproduce and become plagues for the surrounding neighbor/community.
Animals need proper care of their physiological needs. When hoarders fail to provide this basic care, their house or property usually becomes a deteriorated, crumbling scenario: dirty or broken windows, filthy house furniture, dirty floors, clutter, and trash.
Animal urine and feces are highly infectious. If animals are trapped inside a house or property, they will meet their needs wherever they find suitable. These strong smells trespass perimeters and can become a public health issue.
Failing to provide minimum welfare conditions for animals is one of the most common signs of someone struggling with animal hoarding. The problem is they will not admit that their animals suffer from inadequate living conditions (food, nutrition, bathing, and even socializing). In the most extreme cases, animals can die as victims of these poor conditions, creating an even more dangerous environment for the individual and the other animals.
It’s important to understand that animal hoarding hides numerous mental health conditions that need to be addressed (people struggling with animal hoarding have gone through traumatic events or struggle with mental conditions like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression) to help them get the help they deserve and keep them from relapsing to an animal hoarding situation in the future.
If you or someone you care about are struggling with Animal hoarding, please, let our Bio-One of Orange specialists take care. Following strict guidelines and procedures, we will ensure the home is safe for the individual to return.
We will also work with the individual, family, or community members to assist and rescue the animals. In the face of an animal hoarding scenario, it’s important to approach the affected individual with empathy and a sincere desire to help and make them feel comfortable as we care for them and the animals. Ultimately, we want what’s best for everyone!
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