First, we must be able to find out who is an animal hoarder. Last post we discussed about being able to identify an animal hoarder, however, there are some people that pose as non-profit organizations for animals, in order to obtain the animals they want.
Here are several signs that a rescue group or shelter may involve a hoarder:
-The group is unwilling to let visitors see the location where animals are kept.
-The group will not disclose the number of animals in its care, and makes little effort to adopt animals out.
-More animals are continually taken in, despite the poor condition of existing animals.
-Legitimate shelters and rescue organizations are viewed as the enemy.
-Animals may be received at a remote location (parking lot, street corner, etc.) rather than at the group’s facilities.https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding/closer-look-animal-hoarding
Criminal prosecution of animal hoarding is quite difficult, this is because when the process ends, then the animal hoarder would most likely to continue to collect animals unless they are closely monitored by someone. In addition, animal hoarders are usually people that are emotionally unstable/mentally unwell, in this cases there are some judges that would provide counseling for the person or maybe even place a restriction/ban on the possession of animals.
There are many ways we can help!!
Here are some ways you can help:https://www.aspca.org/animal-cruelty/animal-hoarding/closer-look-animal-hoarding
–Call your local humane law enforcement department, police department, animal welfare organization or veterinarian to initiate the process. A phone call may be the first step to getting hoarders and the animals the help they need.
–Contact social service groups. Your local department of the aging, adult protective services, health departments and other mental health agencies may be able to provide services or links to services.
–Reassure the animal hoarder that it’s okay to accept help. Animal hoarders are usually worried that their animals will be killed or that they will never see them again. Regardless of the outcome, assure them that the animals need urgent care and that immediate action is necessary.
–Volunteer your time. With the removal of so many animals from a hoarding situation, the burden on local shelters can be staggering. Volunteer your time to help clean cages, socialize animals, walk dogs and perform other such necessary duties.
-Keep in touch. It may be appropriate for animals to be spayed and neutered and returned to their home if an animal hoarder can provide—or can be aided in providing—care. Under the guidance of an organization, help the individual with daily animal care chores. And if the individual acquires new animals, help ensure that they are spayed/neutered and vaccinated.
I hope we can work together and minimize the amount of animal hoarding that is happening right now!!