Hoarding is a mental illness that can affect a large number of animals and people. Helping a hoarder requires collaborations from a variety of organizations within the community.
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From the Magazine
A young girl brings home a pregnant pet rat from school and sets in motion a chain of events that would eventually lead to the rescue of 2,000 rodents from a home in California.
Through the lens of one hoarding seizure in Mississippi, we look at the phenomenon of hoarding, and explore ways that even smaller shelters can prepare to handle a major case.
The latest contribution to the growing perspective on hoarding is Inside Animal Hoarding: The Case of Barbara Erickson and Her 552 Dogs. The two-part narrative-the first written by a social worker, the second by a sociologist-is a compelling read.
Jill Lancon, director of Marion County Animal Services in Florida, describes the rescue of 126 horses, full size and miniature, in an unusual hoarding case.
Feeling overwhelmed and a little lost when it comes to handling animal hoarding cases or managing ferals? Two new DVDs from The HSUS can help guide you through these challenging situations.
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The site aims to bring together the work of HARC as well as credible resources from throughout the U.S. to help you better understand the phenomenon of animal hoarding, its impact on individuals and communities, and its sentinel role for elder abuse and neglect, child abuse and neglect, and adult self-neglect.