Animal hoarding describes the morbid addiction to collecting animals – a widespread phenomenon not only in Germany.
People who hoard a large number of animals in this form usually cause terrible animal suffering: they often do not provide food, adequate hygiene, and veterinary care. Again and again, countless animals have to be saved from terrible circumstances in which they lived with animal collectors.
What is animal hoarding?
Animal Hoarders are mostly not aware of the suffering they cause to the animals in their care – even if it seems obvious to other observers. The animal collectors are also characterized by the following striking behaviors:
-They collect a large number of animals, often kept in too little space.
-They don’t care about the most basic needs of animals, such as freshwater, feed, shelter, veterinary care, and hygiene.
-They make excuses or deny the miserable conditions under which their animals – and other people in the household – have to live.
Even if the well-being of oneself or other family members are endangered, the people affected usually no longer respond.
“It is often a process that develops over a long period of time. The keepers are increasingly losing track of animal husbandry. At some point in the stables, apartments, and barns you will find critically ill or dead animals “-says Jana Hoger, a specialist at PETA.
Because animal collectors usually do not have their animals neutered or separated by gender, they have no control over how much the animals reproduce. So the suffering of the animals goes on and on and overwhelming the owners.
Almost 3,000 animals a year suffer from animal hoarding.
From 2012 to 2018, at least 17,055 animals were affected by pathological animal hoarding – although the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.
The authorities found in 2016 an average of 76 animals in a collectors’ households, in Germany. Cats and dogs were particularly affected.
The total number of animals kept was highest in rodents such as rats and mice. But rabbits, birds, large animals such as pigs and horses and wild animals such as reptiles and amphibians also fall victim to animal boarders.
40 percent of the animal collectors have hoarded several animal species.
60 percent of the animals saved are sick.
Given the large number of animals they keep, animal collectors are quickly overwhelmed.
The result: the animals are sick or injured and are not treated by a veterinarian; they are often not adequately supplied with food and water and are kept under the most adverse conditions – often in the basement, in the attic, or even in the car.
A survey of German veterinary offices showed that the animals were sick in 60 percent of the cases examined; Over 27 percent had injuries, half of the animals had parasites, over 40 percent were malnourished, dead animals could be found in almost every third conspicuous animal husbandry, in over 40 percent of the cases animals had to be put to sleep.
Due to the bad posture and the psychological suffering caused by it, the animals are often worse or hardly conveyable if they are freed from their devastating situation.
Most animal collectors also relapse if animals have been taken away or if they have given up animals voluntarily; Estimates assume a relapse rate of 60 to 100 percent.
What we can do?
It is not always easy to identify pathological animal collecting as such. Pay attention to how many animals are kept and what their condition is. If more animals are kept than usual or if the animals do not have enough space, talk to the owner. If the animal shows no understanding that the animal population needs to be reduced, you should help.
Report the case to the responsible veterinary office, the police, or us – even anonymously. This is the only way to help the animals and people affected.
And I mean…Mostly, Hoarding is a symptom of a mental disorder, to which the animals ultimately fall as victims, mainly because the family or the environment of the person intentionally remains indifferent.
The Hoarders are not aware of how much the imprisoned animals are suffering, but they are also unable to recognize that they themselves need psychological help.
Nevertheless, the common preaching of the Hoarders for collecting animals is … “I have to rescue as many cats as possible, otherwise they will be run over on the street”, or … “this dog is a very beautiful animal, it is unjust that he lives on the street “… and so over the years, they cause a personal tragedy and the cruel death of many innocent animals.
The Hoarders claim that they develop a very special bond with each animal, which they “save”, although most of them do not provide the animals with enough food, water or protection, nor medical help when they get sick.
According to a study about 408 dogs harvested from a Hoarder, these animals showed the following reactions when they later came into contact with humans:
-They were afraid of unknown people because of a lack of socialization
-Once they saw a person, they urinated because they lived in isolation
-They trembled as soon as someone stroked them because they never came into contact with people
Hoarding is nothing more than a bad form of animal cruelty.
Although the perpetrator is not acting out of sheer sadism or joy in the suffering of the animals, the result is the same: he causes the cruel death of animals, and therefore Hoarders belong to the psychiatric institution.
My best regards to all, Venus