Animal Hoarding.

There’s a series at Animal Planet, Confessions: Animal Hoarding.

Is animal hoarding helping the animals or hurting them? Anyone that has ever stopped into an animal shelter has experienced the feeling of despair and helplessness in the animals’ eyes. I’ve volunteered at shelters before and it’s something I wish everyone would do more of. It tears at your heart to walk out at the end of your shift. That same feeling is what I believe motivates animal hoarders to collect pets.

Overall though I think the bigger problem is owners of pets not spaying and neutering their pets. If animal and pet hoarders spent the money they spend on cat food, litter and dog food on fixing the animals instead I believe it would be a bigger help in the long run. If someone that spends $1000 per year on pet food used that to spay or neuter at $50 per pet per year that’s 20 animals fixed per year. This may be a better way to go.

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One Response to "Animal Hoarding."

  1. Thank you so much for bring this issue to our attention.

    I’m a researcher for the series Confessions: Animal Hoarding, currently airing on Animal Planet that tells the stories of people overwhelmed by the number of pets they own. The problem is on the rise and affect communities across America.

    If you are concerned about the health of animals in someone’s care and suspect they may be hoarding them, we might be able to help.

    Most animal hoarders don’t see themselves as hoarders, and sometimes don’t intentionally collect animals. Their relationship with their animals has threatened their relationships with friends and family.

    Most of these situations aren’t dealt with until they become criminal. This results in animals being euthanized by over-stressed shelters, and doesn’t address the underlying psychological issues – meaning nearly 100% of people end up in the same situation again.

    We are dedicated to finding comprehensive long-term solutions and believe therapy to be key to this. We can bring in experts to help people and their pets.

    If you or someone you know needs help because animals have overrun their life, visit to learn more and submit their story.

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