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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