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When Animal Lovers become Animal Hoarders

Where is the fine line between the act of ‘loving animals and  ‘hoarding animals? When does a case become extreme?

The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC), defines an animal hoarder as someone who:

  • accumulates a large number of animals;
  • fails to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation and veterinary care;
  • fails to act on the deteriorating condition of the animals (including disease, starvation and even death); and
  • fails to act on the deteriorating condition of the environment (severely overcrowded and unsanitary conditions), or the negative impact of the collection on their own health and well-being.

Legally you are allowed to have 3 dogs in one household in the city of Los Angeles. 3 dogs – I think that’s pretty fair. I don’t know many people who own more than 3 dogs and are able to responsibly take care of 3 or more dogs and full fill their needs. It’s very tough and challenging to organize 3 or more dogs in between work and daily errands.

I have a friend who owns 5 dogs and does a great job, the dogs are all happy and healthy and live a fulfilled life with him and his wife, who works from home. They own a huge yard, go on long hikes and work with their huskies. Of course, I would love to have a ranch, stay at home and have a bunch of dogs running around and offer them a healthy life of freedom and fun, but unfortunately that’s not the reality by common urban living standards. Most people are totally swamped with the needs of just 1 dog.

I have heard many stories about hoarders. A friend of mine is working on a smaller case, where a woman keeps 15 dogs and 12 cats in a 2 bedroom house with a small backyard. It is very difficult to convince these people – most of whom are suffering from a Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – to give some dogs or cats to the care of other rescuers or people. They harbor a fear that if they seek help the animals will be euthanized, my friend told me. Hoarders justify their behavior with the view that the animals are surrogate children and that no one else can care for them. Many of the hoarders begin on a mission to help animals that somehow gets out of control. After they become overwhelmed, they find they can’t stop, and they often don’t know what to do, so things continue to deteriorate. Some even pose as rescue groups or legitimate sanctuaries.

A so called “animal rescue/shelter” in Southern California. Photo taken by a former worker – over 150 dogs live in a warehouse type facility in Riverside.

As the number of animals in their care increases, they are unable to keep up with the care and veterinary attention needed.  Still, they often see themselves as the animals’ savior, even as the pets suffer. Individuals insist that all animals are happy and healthy—even when there are clear signs of distress and illness. According to Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding is a problem that often accompanies other mental disorders, including depression, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and certain anxiety disorders, among others. Hoarding is thought to be a subset of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Cats are the most hoarded animal, followed closely by dogs. Animal hoarders are usually well-intentioned and believe they are helping the animals in their care. They often cannot see the situation as it is and have a disconnect from the reality of their pets’ desperate need for basic care and medical attention. Approximately 72% of animal hoarders are women.

I don’t know if you have heard of the Victims Of Spindeltop Raid – where over three hundred pit bulls were seized by law enforcement on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, in an alleged animal hoarding case in Montgomery County, Texas.

If you suspect someone of hoarding animals, don’t hesitate to alert the local authorities to the situation. Because hoarded animals are usually in terrible condition, the sooner they can be rescued the greater their chances of recovery and survival, and of finding people who will care for them properly. The ASPCA recommends calling both a local animal rescue, shelter, or welfare group, as well as adult protective services or other government health agencies.

Have you had an experience with an animal hoarder, or do you know someone you want to help? Let us know.

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We had to take down our article 08/02/12 about Toni Eakes and “A wish for Animals”

Why Toni Eakes should not be involved in animal welfare – A true story about ‘A Wish for Animals’

After Toni Eakes lawyer contacted and threatened us we needed to take down the article temporarily.

I had a blog post here recommending that people not work with Toni for a variety of reasons and I got an email from her lawyer to take my post down.

Shoot me an email if you want to share your experiences or insights at info@packpeople.com or leave a comment here. ~ Thank you!

UPDATE: Please read this update post about Toni Eakes

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Rescued animals fly on the wings of love – Interview with Debi from Pilots N Paws [Audio]

Pilots N Paws is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by animal lover Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg, an online platform created to provide free plane transport for shelter and foster animals and rescue organizations – served by volunteer pilots. I remember last year when I was looking desperately for safe transportation for our little kitty “Thursday”, now “Luna”; her new family was in Florida and we were in Los Angeles. It was not an easy task to get Luna safely to her new family, but we were able to organize her transport by car. Unfortunately, I didn’t know about the great services of Pilots N Paws at that time, and it took Luna 3 days to reach her family (read Luna’s story).

I heard of Pilots N Paws from a rescue friend and was thrilled that a non-profit organization was offering this free service of transporting animals by plane. I browsed through the website’s blog, stories and pictures and spent an hour looking at them and reading the happy stories. Pictures really do tell the story!

If you are looking for an opportunity to get your pooch, kitty, rabbit or piggy from one destination to another and don’t know how, you should visit Pilotsnpaws.org and request a flight (no long-distance flights). Today, a dedicated formation of 2466 pilots volunteer their time and donate free flights for Pilots N Paws furry or non-furry pawssengers. Animals can experience safe, fast and comfortable travel with experienced pilots. Flights are not scheduled, and there are no costs involved:) for participating groups.

I’m flying home!

Debi Boies and Pilots N Paws have received honors and awards from all over the country, including the Broadway Barks Award/Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, the American Dog Magazine’s 1st Annual Humanitarian Award, the Pets and Heroes award from the Amazing Grace Foundation and many more. She is listed as one of the top “25 Pet People of 2010” at Petside.com.

We had the great pleasure of talking to Debi, Co-Founder and President of Pilots N Paws and finding out more about this wonderful organization. Debi is the winner of the Pet Hero Award 2012  and her organization is Rescue Organization of the Year. Congratulations!

Please listen, learn and share how you can benefit from Pilots N Paws’s services, how you can join the organization, how you can request a flight and how the organization makes an impact on the plight of homeless animals. Debi also shared with us her special moments, and why she founded Pilots N Paws. Kudos to all volunteers, Debi and her team for their wonderful efforts!

You want to know more? The new book Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door just arrived at the bookstore.

Greyhound Janine is flying high.

Pilots N Paws is able to continue their terrific work through the help and support of their fantastic sponsors, Subaru and Petmate.

Take your time, visit and like Pilots N Paws’s Facebook Fan page and blog, read the stories, have a look at the pictures, read the guidelines and resources. I promise it’s worth it:)

Website: www.pilotsnpaws.org

Twitter: PilotsNPaws

YouTube Channel: PilotsNPaws

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If you see any typos please send us an e-mail to info@packpeople.com – Thank you!

Related posts: We also interviewed Pet Airways last year.

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Ace of Hearts Rescue Foundation

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Animal Rescue Inc.

Arm the Animals

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Ashley Reid’s Pet Portraits

Atlanta Pet Rescue

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Beagle Freedom Project

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance

Big Dogs Huge Paws

Bow Wow Pet Photography

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California Collar Co.

Chako Pit Bull Rescue

Center for Shelter Dogs

Coastal Pet Rescue

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Dog Gone Safe

Dogs Deserve Better

Dog Cast Radio

Dogs 4 the Paws

Dogster

Downtown Dog Rescue

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Found Animals Foundation

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Grateful Dog Rescue

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GREY2K USA

Golden Retriever Rescue

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HALT Arizona

Hand2Paw

Happy Angeles Dog Rescue

HeARTs Speak

Holli Pfau

Hope Ranch Animal Rescue

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K9 Connection

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Maddie’s Fund

Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals

Michigan Animal Adoption Network

Much Love Animal Rescue

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

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Nature Dogs.com

National Institute for Animal Advocacy – NIFAA

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Pacific Coast Dog Rescue

Paw Team

Paws 4 Change

Peace of Mind

Pet it Forward

Pet Airways

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Pets Unlimited

Pets for Patriots

Pit Bull Rescue  Central – PBRC

Pilots N Paws

Pup Quest

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Rescue Chocolate

Rescue Groups Org.

Ruff Ruff and Meow

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Sharing Pet

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Hope Ranch Animal Rescue, Malibu

Non-profit organization specializes in: Rescuing unwanted and neglected animals. Rehabilitation and rehoming of Horses, Cows, Calves, Donkeys, Dogs, Chickens, Turtles, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Guinea Pigs, Llamas, a variety of Birds. Hope Ranch Animal.

Morris Ranch provides a full range of other services, including:  Horses for Lease, Training, Riding Lessons, Private Trail Rides, Boarding (Pastures and Stalls), Seminars and Clinics, Petting Zoo, Birthday Parties and Company Picnics.

Year founded: 1982

Interviewee: Lori Morris, Founder

Hope Ranch Animal Rescue, organization located in Malibu, California

http://www.hoperanchanimalrescue.com

Interviewee: Lori Morris / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
HOPERANCHInterview by packpeople

Website Lori would like to mention is:
ELSA – Animal Assisted Growth & Learning www.elsainc.org

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Hope Ranch Animal Rescue, Malibu

Non-profit organization specializes in: Rescuing unwanted and neglected animals. Rehabilitation and rehoming of Horses, Cows, Calves, Donkeys, Dogs, Chickens, Turtles, Goats, Sheep, Chickens, Guinea Pigs, Llamas, a variety of Birds. Hope Ranch Animal.

Morris Ranch provides a full range of other services, including:  Horses for Lease, Training, Riding Lessons, Private Trail Rides, Boarding (Pastures and Stalls), Seminars and Clinics, Petting Zoo, Birthday Parties and Company Picnics.

Year founded: 1982

Interviewee: Lori Morris, Founder

Hope Ranch Animal Rescue, organization located in Malibu, California

http://www.hoperanchanimalrescue.com

Interviewee: Lori Morris / Interviewer: Rufino Cabang (packpeople)

Please check out this highly interesting audio interview here:
HOPERANCHInterview by packpeople

Website Lori would like to mention is:
ELSA – Animal Assisted Growth & Learning www.elsainc.org

Please spread the word! If you liked the interview please share it with your community by clicking the facebook and twitter icons at the bottom of this article or leave a comment. Thank you!

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