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What is Animal Hoarding?

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
January 04, 2019

Question: My grandfather keeps taking in rescued animals. Could he be an animal hoarder?

Answer: Animal hoarding is a very difficult issue. Some people have a lot of animals in their home but they are being cared for. Many times, the animals are not being cared for the way they should be cared for. 

For example, a person with animal hoarding issues may not be cleaning out a litter box on a regular basis for the animal. There may be scattered food for the animals to eat. Smells from the animals are common in the home, along with the messes.

Animal hoarding usually becomes a problem when the animals are not being cared for properly and when there is an excessive number of animals. The animals have taken over the home. People with animal hoarding issues don’t realize they are hurting the animal and not caring for it.  There is help for people who have hoarding issues with hoarding animals.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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