Animal Hoarding: a Serious Threat to the Society

Animal Hoarding is an illness that a lot of people are still trying to comprehend. Many researches have been done in an attempt to understand the underlying reasons for animal hoarding. This has been an ongoing and growing issue in the society today.

People who hoard animals usually develop an attachment to each of the animal they collect. In fact, they even give all of them names. However, due to the number of animals they collect, they tend to create an absolutely unsanitary environment full of animal waste products – this is where the problem begins to affect other people, which are primary concerns of citizens living with or near to people or persons who hoard animals.

Another issue mostly tackled about hoarding animals is how they (the animals) might possibly become a danger to other people in the neighboring places. When you decide to keep a pet, you have certain responsibilities being the pet owner like ensuring your pet has been vaccinated or maintaining the area of your pet clean. These tasks are obviously not done by an animal hoarder simply because he has too many animals to attend to. These basic responsibilities that are not done accordingly by animal hoarders put the safety of other people around them at risk.

Animals might be far from our minds when we think about addictions, but the fact is, this type of addiction does exist. And it brings with it serious health hazards to both the animal hoarder and the animals.

Contrasting certain problems concerning animals and their possible maltreatment and exploitation, animal hoarding isn’t deliberated as animal cruelty for the reason that there’s no malicious intent involved. The animal hoarder usually has good intentions of collecting animals – mostly wanting to give them care, food, family and home; however, these intentions are not met. Animal hoarders also develop an emotional connection to the animals they are collecting; they mostly see them as pets and animal members. But no matter how noble the motives of the hoarder may be, it still does not change the fact that the life of the hoarder and the people around him could be greatly affected, in a negative way.

The hoarder could get diseases from the animals as most of them often fails to get vaccinated; aside from that, the hoarder’s social life could similarly be affected as some people find it rather weird while others fear of acquiring diseases from the animals or simply because of the unbearable animal smell that has been the result of failure to provide proper care to the animals.

Animal hoarding is a serious problem in the society and people involved in this habit need intervention quickly before further damages could result. One report showed a case of animal hoarding where 376 cats (87 of which are dead) were found in a 2-bedroom house. Animal hoarders develop too much emotional attachment to their animals that they do not bury them even when they have died. This truly demonstrates the need for support from family members and friends to deal with this disorder.

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Are You an Oniomaniac?

If you are one of those who excessively shops and spends in order to temporarily avert negative feelings, then you could be an Oniomaniac, referred to by most men as a shopaholic.

Try assessing yourself by checking out these symptoms that characterize an Oniomaniac/shopaholic:

  • You go to the mall and shop when you get upset, disappointed or lonely
  • You don’t feel confident when you don’t have your credit card
  • You feel elevated that you can’t explain it every time you shop
  • Shopping has caused emotional distressed in your life like being unable to sleep because of credit card debts
  • You feel guilty after shopping
  • You  have stuff that still has its price tag after months of purchasing it
  • You get into fights or arguments with your loved one because of shopping
  • You prefer using the credit card rather than paying in cash
  • You lie to others about what you bought or how much you’ve spent for a purchase
  • You always think about money, even before you sleep
  • When you get your pay, you immediately think of what to buy with the money
  • You get upset when you can’t buy the thing you’ve been crushing on in the department store
  • You borrow money to buy what you want and promise to pay it on your pay day
  • You spend  a lot of time juggling your bills

If you’re seeing yourself agreeing to most of what is written above, follow these tips to minimize overspending:

  • Do not bring your credit card with you all the time
  • Avoid the habit of “only window-shopping” as this will give you the urge to spend
  • If possible keep only one credit card which may be used only in cases of emergency
  • Make a shopping or grocery list when buying and strictly adhere to what is listed
  • Avoid bringing too much cash with you; bring just enough for the day’s expenses
  • Do not participate in SALE or discount shopping
  • Bring somebody with you when you do your shopping
  • Set a certain budget that you can enjoy and stick to the budget
  • Do not go to the malls when you’re feeling too happy or too sad
  • Stop browsing online shops on your free time
  •  Stop browsing product catalogues
  • Deposit your cash to the bank and leave your ATM card at home; bring only sufficient amount of cash with you


Controlling the urge to spend when you are a shopaholic is a difficult thing to do; but not impossible. Do not easily get discouraged if you happen to give in to the addiction. Try and try until you finally gain control over your urge to spend. Shopping is a good thing; it is only when it becomes too much that it could create or cause difficulties and danger in one’s life. Being a shopaholic is not something that you should be ashamed of; instead of seeing it as a shortcoming, look at the brighter side and see it as a challenge to improve yourself.

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