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Animals  (tags: hoarders, animal hoarders, society, understanding, animals, neglected, cruelty )

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Before the early 1990s, little was known about hoarding in general or animal hoarding in particular. Even today, the disease is still not well understood. Animal hoarding has been called the most egregious form of animal cruelty. Unlike a single act of


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Blandine C (15)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 1:31 pm
Thanks Simone

David Petrosky (113)
Saturday August 15, 2009, 1:32 pm
“They have no real perception of the harm they're doing…."

Sounds like Michael Vick to me. Or a legitimate legal defense for a child molester. In fact, didn't the hierarchy of the Catholic Church use it for decades to justify the reassignment of priests who went on to molest thousands more? "We had no idea." "We didn't understand..." Uh huh.

It's a very, very slippery slope when we choose to practice selective empathy. And so it goes...

Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 1:33 am
While I read this I could not help remembering the movie Grey Gardens-where the household started with one cat and her kittens and in 20 years of denial on the part of mother and daughter multiplied into a household of complete deterioration and over 50 cats-the property went to seed and they were not aware at all of the feral situation that the cats were falling into and there were raccoons in the house as well.

How they lived in it is beyond me. The mother seemed to be the controlling one and the daughter was manipulated into staying with her BY USE OF THE CATS and every other device the mother could conjure up. As much as I loved and admired them both for their resilience the cats suffered terribly.

Up here in Minnesota we had this incident recently where 118 cats were taken from a small trailer nearby here-the people were a young couple as I recall-118 cats were put down. That's 118 too many to be forgiven for any misunderstanding or psychological foible as far as I am concerned.

Simone D (1462)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 1:49 am
Agree Little and Raffi, I find it hard to be compassionate, because of all the horrific suffering that the animals go through. Hoarding is cruelty in so many ways, surely they can see the suffering around them.

. (0)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 10:58 am
Oh these poor little kitticats... hoarding shows signs of mental problems and these people should be conselled, as these must be deep rooted issues

Heide C (53)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 10:58 pm
Okay, everyone, I really would like your input! I presently have 8 cats .... does this qualify me as a 'hoarder"? The last one appeared in my foyer - inside my house! - 2 months ago, after several days of torrential rains her in South Florida. First I thought that the sounds I heard were from a bird and couldn't quite figure out where they were coming from. Looked all over the front patio until I saw a couple of my older cats sort of looking towards a bench in the entry and when I went there, there was this tiny black kitten sitting under it, meowing pitifully! To make a long story short, this little one was no more than 2 or 3 weeks old so I started the routine of bottle feeding for more than ten days, stimulating it to go to the bathroom, keeping him in a safe box next to my bed in case of emergency ... struggling to teach him to use a litter box.
Now, little 'Taz" (Tasmanian Devil) is about 2 and a half months old and thriving! The older ones are like brothers to him, teaching him how to play and interact. Now what am I to do, there is no way I can give him up and even my ever so cat-resistant husband agrees he is to stay I know now that I could never foster any animal as I grow to love them too fast)..
What will I do if another little one should find me? I have never gone out to willfully look for more cats! Each of my 3 females (Minime, Chicho and Kandela) was found at different times in dire circumstances and brought home to Mom by her 2 daughters! The calico got pregnant right away and we kept her gorgeous 3 red boys (Los Tres Amigos). Our big, incredible "Boris" was already mature when I found him abandoned in one of my friend's neighborhood ... he was already neutered and, poor baby, declawed. He is my husband's baby.
Every day I pray to God to not send me any more cats as I realize taking good care of them is quite a daily choreand time consuming. I don't dare to travel as my husband is slightly disabled and I fear he would not be able to attend to all of their needs ...Also I don't trust just anyone to provide as much love and sometimes sacrifice for my animals, and I cringe when I read the ads where people offer cats and kittens to strangers ... too many sickos out there.
The point of pouring my heart out was to ask everyone to be a little more understanding of the so-called "hoarders' as I really believe not all of them started their accumulation of animals willfully but I realize how one can get sucked into it very easily!

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday August 17, 2009, 6:37 pm
i don't believe hoarders are mentally ill. i think they care more deeply than most people. most people are selfish. they want to spend money on cars and vacations. they think a clean house is actually important. what could be more important than saving lives. the problem is that there is no place to take a cat that won't kill it. so, to remain rational and reasonable, you have to accept that cats are going to die. i can see why hoarders can't deal with that fact. i didn't take in a sweet, beautiful feral because i thought it would be too difficult for my other cats. one night he got ripped apart by coyotes. i wrestle with having done the wrong thing, and what to do with the next. in the article, it listed what to do when you suspect someone is a hoarder. how about HELP OUT. i helped an elderly hoarder by buying medicine and food. if you drop off a few bags of food here and there, the person might let you know when things are getting out of control. maybe you can spend half a day cleaning up. and if vets actually helped, these people could probably afford to spay/vaccinate. feral cats are everyone's problem, yet somehow the burden falls entirely on this minority.
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