Dangers of Animal Hoarding

Animal hoarding can be described as a situation where a person keeps too many pets in the house to an extent that they can no longer take care of them the way they are supposed to. Th

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is creates a harsh environment for both the animals as well as the hoarder which can lead to numerous dangers such as:

Disease development

Animal hoarding creates an ideal environment for the animals to become sick. This is because they are usually kept in a house that has deplorable hygienic conditions since the person who is responsible for taking care of them does not have the capacity to do so. This is where you will find that the living spaces are not cleaned the way they are supposed to and the animals are just supposed to sit their in filth without any changes. This of course creates a hub for the growth of harmful bacteria and other agents that makes the animals sick. Since the person engaging in animal hoarding does not take care of the animals, it means that he/she will not call in a professional vet thus the animals if not rescued become more sick and eventually die.

Nutrition problems

Animal hoarding is normally characterized by various nutrition problems. The hoarders most of the time cannot afford to feed the numbers of animals they have in their custody. This means that the animals do not get the nutrients that are needed to survive. In addition to this they will not get the vaccinations they need to stay healthy and fit. This is usually to sad for the animals as they stay underfed and don’t even get enough water thus remain dehydrated for a long time which also increases their chances of falling ill and dying.


Another danger of animal hoarding is disability. The fact that too many animals are bombarded into small living spaces usually creates a problem for movement and they can end up trampling into each other which can make the animals disabled. This means that in addition to not having any food or developing disease, the animals are also incapacitated thus cannot move around and live the way they are supposed to. This causes the animals a lot of pain and anguish and most of the time you will find them on a corner just sited “depressed” and perhaps waiting for death.

Incase you ever come into people who are into animal hoarding, it is important to make sure that you try and get them any help they need so as to get over the problem fast. Start by calling animal security and other organizations that will help rescue the animals so that they can at least find a home where they will be happy. Make sure the hoarder learns about all the dangers of the behaviors so that they can also decide to let go of the animals which makes the process much easier than forcing someone into the recovery process. Get them into a support group where they will get further help with the situation at hand so that they can continue living life normally and achieve their goals and dreams.

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