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Are You an Animal Hoarder? Learn the Signs

Hoarding and caring for a large number of animals are two different sets of conditions. Many who work or volunteer to care for large groups of animals often stay quiet on the topic of hoarding for fear of being viewed in the same light. Their concern bears merit, as many who do not work or live in this type of environment may perceive only a fine line differentiating the two. However, when we breakdown each of these mindsets it becomes clear that in place of the fine line there is a chasm.

There are several theories about the psychology of animal hoarding. The one constant trait throughout is that a person puts the wants of the self over the needs of the animals. Regardless of the reason, hoarders are people who collect animals as items for their own sense of security, irrespective of the consequences.

There are several easy ways to signify if animals are involved in a hoarding environment.Because numerous hoarders proclaim they are caring for animals, people who actually are caregivers feel threatened by the comparison. Media misrepresentation has a lot to do with the misconception. Rarely do media reports give details on a hoarding situation in conjunction with proper care giving. This can leapfrog into a societal assumption that all people housing an abundance of animals are irresponsible. To properly administer care to numerous animals is work, whether compensation is involved or not. The primary difference between hoarding and care giving is accountability.Caregivers see animals as living beings and not as objects. Many incorporate responsible parenthood skills and techniques as a means of self-discipline. Above all, proper caregivers hold themselves accountable to provide an encompassing quality of life for the animals in their care.

If you suspect animals are kept in a hoarded environment or know a caregiver struggling with the organization of their dwelling, here is further information on How to Help Stop Animal Hoarding.

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