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How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Animal Hoarding

Do you or does someone you know possess more furry friends than you or they can properly care for? Follow this advice to see if your love for animals has become a serious problem.


  • Step 1: Acknowledge any delusions, personality disorders. or other mental illnesses in the hoarder. Animal hoarders are often under the misconception that they are helping their furry friends. They believe their hoarding situation is under control. Get them, or get yourself, qualified help -- for the sake of both the hoarder and the animals.
  • FACT: As of 2008, approximately a quarter of a million animals were victims of animal hoarders.
  • Step 2: Determine the person's physical well-being. People who hoard animals tend to neglect their own needs.
  • Step 3: Identify signs within the home. The home will be unsanitary and furniture and floors will smell like ammonia. There may also be signs of animal urine and feces.
  • TIP: Some hoarders try to establish themselves as rescue shelters.
  • Step 4: Recognize the health of the animals. They will appear to be thin and weak due to lack of proper nourishment.
  • Step 5: Identify that there is a quantity issue. People who hoard animals often do not know exactly how many animals are in their care.

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