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How to Get Treatment for Animal Hoarding

Animals can be great companions, but keeping too many can cause harm to both the animals and the owner.


  • Step 1: Talk to family and friends about your situation and try to understand why you hoard animals. Reaching out to those closest to you can often be one of the best ways to find treatment.
  • Step 2: Stick with your treatment plan and, in time, you will begin to understand your reasons for hoarding and will begin to get better.
  • FACT: As of 2010, while every state had anti-cruelty laws, only 2 states had laws that mentioned animal hoarding in their statutes -- Illinois and Hawaii.
  • TIP: If you are unsure of where to find a therapist, ask your primary care provider for recommendations.
  • Step 3: Contact a therapist and let them know that you think you may have an animal hoarding issue.
  • Step 4: Remove the animals from the home if you are able to. This can be a difficult exercise, but it will help with the initial steps.
  • TIP: If you find removing the animals is too difficult, ask a friend or family member for help.
  • Step 5: Determine if you are an animal hoarder. Some signs include not knowing how many animals you have, having a home that has deteriorated significantly as a result of damage from your pets, having sickly pets, and being isolated from your peers.

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