They collect animals: love or abuse

More than 130 cats and 23 mistreated dogs , as well as the corpses Twenty animals were found in the home of an American couple last September.

The veterinary services called on the spot quickly understood what was going on: these animals had been adopted by hoarders . In the United States, between 700 and 2000 cases of "animal hoarding" are recorded each year.

What is the "animal hoarding"?

The "hoarding animal" is defined by American researchers as the irrepressible need felt by some people to adopt a large number of animals .

They have the distinction of being raised in deplorable environmental, sanitary and veterinary conditions . Indeed, the hoarding, of the verb "to hoard", means "to pile up" or "to accumulate" .

Known by the researchers since 1981 in the United States, the "animal hoarding" did not no equivalence yet in French. It could however be associated with what is called a Compulsive Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) .

Who are the hoarders?

According to American psychiatrists, there is a typical profile of hoarders . Thus, it has been established that these compulsive animal collectors would be 76% of women. Almost half (46%) would be 60 or older, live alone and may experience economic hardship. But this behavior can also be adopted by a young man or a 30-year-old couple.

One of the main characteristics of the hoarder is also not to recognize that he has too many animals and, while he claims to love them, it is unable to feed or care for them .

In addition, the hoarder is unable to consider euthanasia for any animal, regardless of health status of dog, cat or rodent

It has also been determined that the animal hoarder, like a breeder, tends to focus on a single species . The pathology of the "animal hoarding" could be fed by traumatic experiences experienced during childhood by the hoarders. They may also suffer from attachment disorders related to past family instability

Which animals do they collect?

It seems that the animals most appreciated by the hoarders are cats (in 65% of cases) and dogs (60% of cases)

But rabbits, guinea pigs or ferrets, just like farm animals or still the exotic NACs are not spared by the sickly attraction of hoarders

What are the consequences of hoarding on animals?

Animals collected by hoarders are often crammed into cramped spaces and suffer from promiscuity with their fellow galleys

Accumulated without distinction of character or sex, they can fight and reproduce in a dramatic way.

In 80% of cases, dead animals or sick are discovered at the home of the hoarders and living spaces such as the parts s common or rooms of the house are discovered soiled by urine and faeces animals.

How to differentiate an enthusiast from a hoarder?

The enthusiast, unlike the hoarder, s attaches to raise its animals under the best possible conditions

Motivated by love or tenderness that it carries them, it is generally used to answer all their needs moral and ethical : the animals of the enthusiast are well fed, educated and looked after.

Like the hoarders, the passionate sometimes has many animals. However, he adopts them according to his means and he is able to control himself for the well-being of the animal and his own family.

Thus, the "blows of heart" Passionate can be repressed without much difficulty.