One-Fourth of New Animal Hoarding Cases Involve Rescuers, ASPCA Expert Says
i commented on this news, as its a growing and concerned issue of animal welfare folks that have to see and deal with these things.
i have also put this to "never archive" as i think it is really essential that people understand that spay/nuetering has not been the whole and all solutions to animal welfare and caring needs.
there are other aspects to this issue, that has yet to find solutions and fix these problems.
i would like to hear some possible opinion from members as to solutions that we might be able to come up with that can fix this?
its only going to get worse and the complaints a longer list of moaning/groaning of the situation.
if we can offer a solution, then these things can be changed long before they get out of hand and all good rescuers are shut down and not able to help at all.
see this affects whether people will be able to rescue animals at all. the bigger this problem gets, the more denials of really clean/safe, good rescuers will be for registry in their communities. then what happens to such animals. they DIE for even more over crowded city facilities that can't handle them either.
I agree completely Kindle, and being I am a prof. groomer and have worked in animal field my entire life....I have seen lots of this.....lots.
It seems to me that it comes from an initial obsession about saving the pets, but then turns into something different. I have actually told people I know, or have run into the straight up truth....you are not doing any of these animals any kind of justice, one person cannot give this amount of animals the proper care and needs that need to be met....ie: food, vet care, basics, love, exercise, etc...
I have actually then had people find homes or care at others homes....because the obsession becomes, no one is going to care for these animals better than me, they were abandoned....they refuse to find suitable homes for any of the animals.....it is a viscious cycle.....
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i'd like to see people actually help these women. i've helped a few. i was able to gain their confidence by dropping off food and litter. over time, they would tell me about sick animals, and i would get the medicine. we read about these happy endings where a big non-profit steps in and re-homes all the animals, but most of the time animal control kills them. i would agree that some situations are beyond help, but many times people are quick to call authorities when they really ought to put their money where their mouth is.
When volunteers with UAN's Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EAR entered a home in eastern Montana on September 1, they found a ghastly scene.
Feces up to three feet thick covered floors and counters. Nearly 100 dogs were living there, and most had never set foot outside the house. Their owner had nothing more than the shirt on his back, literally. The dogs were loved, but had never received vet care and were highly unsocialized. They were frightened and unsure. Many seemed friendly, but would not allow anyone to touch them. They were victims of animal hoarding.
Hoarders often start out with good intentions to help animals, but become overwhelmed. They typically don?t recognize the deplorable and unsanitary living conditions around them.
Fortunately for the dogs in Montana, their owner realized he needed help and relinquished them to local authorities. The dogs spent several days at a temporary shelter, where EARS volunteers -- through patience and kindness -- helped them develop trust and overcome their fears. They were then transported to area shelters for continued socialization and eventual adoption.
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