I still don't understand the animal hoarding thing. I just don't get why someone would think they need that many animals. I can understand having more than one pet....but over 100? That's a little overkill unless you have a heck of a ranch going on and lots of time and money to care for them all properly. The collecting or hoarding is just beyond me though. Don't they realize these animals are dying in their backyard? Don't they realize their house is a toxic waste dump with all the urine and feces? Are they that oblivious to their surroundings?
Hmmm....I don't think anyone should have over 100 animals unless....
-You live on a big farm/ranch and can provide enough time and care for the animals. -You have a large house if these animals are indoors. -Fenced in backyard for dogs. -The right type of shelter and food -Enough MONEY to provide for them -they are all or mostly fish.
They like the idea of having the animals but in actuality they don't understand they harm the animals more far more than they can properly care for them.
Animals need socialization, and one on one time with you. Letting an animal run around wild in your home with its own waste and breeding out of control because they did not bother to have them spayed and neutered is hard for us to understand.
Many of these people are elderly and very sick. All of them I am quite sure have some kind of mental health issues and animals do not need to be exposed to that.
So in their eyes they are saving them/taking care of them etc.... In our eyes, and in all honesty it is one of the most cruel things you can do to an animal besides physical or mental abuse.
That is why I am always stressing to people "Are you sure you can care for all of these animals properly?" because it very quickly can spin out of control and some people are just unwilling to see the truth about their own situations.
Another thing that will never be cured *sigh*
Sometimes the world just sucks too much for me to be able to handle. I think I will go spend some time loving up my babies now to let them know how special they are....
I really don't understand how people can be that way. I have a friend who is a fire fighter in Austin. He told me once that they had to go into an apartment that was full of cats. The neighbors started complaining because they could smell the urine and feces. It was a second floor apartment. He said they had to go in in haz-mat suits and all and remove each of the cats. He said they were just left in there with a big bag of cat food and that there was urine and feces about and inch deep in the bathtubs. Finally they had gotten all the cats out except for this one huge male and he was fiercely wild! Finally his partner was able to get a hold of the cat, but somehow in the process ended up sitting on the cat's tail or something. The cat bit him in the hand (went through gloves and all), so immediately he let go and the cat took off, jumped out the window and they never saw it again! Poor cats not only living in filth, but wild as ever. I admire my friend for dealing with the things he does every day. I know I couldn't. It just breaks my heart to see them abused.
Animal hoarding is a disease. The people who do it have a compulsion to take in every animal they find much like how some people with OCD have a compulsion to wash their hands so much that they become raw and bloody.
Many years ago, my mom was a supervisor at the welfare office, and the office had a client on permanent and total disability who was an animal hoarder. The guy truly wanted to help all of the homeless animals, but he was clearly unable to do so. Instead of trying to convince him not to try to help the animals, his caseworker found a way to make the situation work. The caseworker allowed the guy to keep one dog as a permanent pet, and once a week, the caseworker would stop by the guy's place and recollect whatever animals the guy had collected that week. The caseworker would assure the guy that the animals would be given wonderful homes and then take the animals to the shelter.
The weekly recollection process prevented the kind of horrid conditions that animal hoarders and their animals usually live in because there were never very many animals in the home at any one time. And because the animals were pulled off of the street and soon taken to a shelter, this hoarder was actually able to help some of them.
OMG, that is disgusting. I swear, I do not know where on earth these people come from!! What the hell are they thinking??!!
and, LMAO @ Shad... If they are all or mostly fish?! I am sorry, that is hilarious... that is a great stipulation :P where you come up with that I do not know... the inner workings of that precious mind of yours ;D hehe.
The fish comment was really cute and very true. I could see having that many fish in a really huge beautiful tank along the back of my living room....even more relaxing than a fireplace I think! I love watching fish! There's a place here that actually makes specialty tanks like that.