What is animal hoarding?
Animal hoarding is very similar to a regular hoarding situation in the sense that people acquire more things than they can handle, creating a hostile, dangerous environment for themselves and the people (animals) around them. Animal hoarding is a little different, though. A person struggling with animal hoarding houses more animals than what they’re able without providing minimum levels of nutrition, sanitation, and shelter.
A person struggling with animal hoarding is usually not aware of how many animals are actually on the property, and they might hoard dogs, cats, birds, etc.
Why do people turn to animal hoarding?
There’s not a factual reason for people to turn to animals in hoarding situations. As of today, hoarding is recognized as a mental health disorder, and this has allowed medical professionals to treat it with the proper therapy to ensure that the victims understand their behavior and follow the right steps to avoid relapsing to that condition.
Some reasons for animal hoarding, based on first-hand experience in these situations include emotional dependency, paranoia, anxiety, depression, and more. Notice that these reasons are basically a struggle with other mental health conditions. People can turn to animal hoarding as a way to cope with traumatic life events like the loss of a loved one, a separation, losing a job, etc.