Animal Cruelty blog
Animal hoarding is when a person or individual is keeping/housing more animals than he/she can sufficiently care for. Animal hoarding is a complicated issue, because it has to do with mental health, public safety concerns, and, above all, animal welfare. This issue is generally defined as the incapability to provide even very little standards of sanitation, shelter, nutrition, and veterinary care. This often results in animal starvation, illness and sometimes even death. In most cases, animal hoarders think they are helping these animals and refuse to believe, that in reality, they are hurting the animals more than helping them.
Animal hoarding puts the animals in the household at risk for a variety of different diseases and health concerns. The most common health issues that come from animal hoarding are malnourishment and problems related to neglect and overcrowding. Results of hoarding are usually long-lasting and keep affecting the animals even if they have been rescued and been given better care. Malnourishment is lack of food and water. The instant consequence of malnourishment is starvation and eventually death. However, malnourishment also leads to growing susceptibility to other, more serious, diseases. Plus, when there is a limited food supply, animals usually turn to aggressive behavior and compete for available food, eventually killing and eating other animals in the household.
Animal hoarding presents a risk that threatens both individual and public health. By definition, hoarders are people who fail to upkeep sanitary conditions of their houses/living spaces. Animal hoarding can potentially be at the root of a string of human health problems such as sanitation, fire hazards, envenomation, neglect, and zoonotic diseases. Substandard sanitation conditions pose many health risks to humans and animals. In most animal hoarding situations, animal waste is found stuck to interior surfaces, like beds, countertops, cupboards, etc. In addition to posing health risks, sever odors and waste outside may become an annoyance to neighbors and communities.
I believe that animal hoarders suffer from underlying problems like mental disorders and should be helped in more ways than just condemning their houses. Unfortunately many cases go unnoticed and/or un-dealt with. I think that their needs to be more organizations devoted to helping animals and people who suffer from animal hoarding. However, most of these organizations are volunteer run and there aren’t many people who would like to commit to something that would take up most of their time without getting paid. I think that animal hoarding is a bigger issue than it appears to be and I wish there was more we could do about it.
September 21, 2016 - Blog Post 4