Helping a loved one deal with a serious hoarding issue is extremely complicated. When animals are involved the situation can escalate quickly as animals are endangered by their living environment. Animal hoarding can end up putting people in legal jeopardy if it is not resolved. Clean Earth Restorations is San Diego’s leading restoration contractor dealing with hoarding and animal hoarding situations. We know the law and we know how to compassionately help your loved one deal with a property damaged by hoarding.
It is very important to understand that people who hoard animals typically believe they are helping those animals by providing them with a home. They likely have good intentions, but are unable to provide for the animals basic needs. They will also likely offer excuses for the living situation of the animals, and be hesitant to allow you to help or intervene. Animal hoarders may actually believe that even a dire living situation for the animal is better than risking the animal being euthanized.
Obviously in a severe animal hoarding situation the animals’ lives are put in danger. But, animal hoarding also has serious consequences for the physical and mental health of both the hoarder and other family members.
Mental health experts have learned that animal hoarders fall into several catagories:
1. Animal addicts: animal hoarders share behavioral traits with substance abusers, including denial, neglect of their condition and recidivism.
2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD: animal hoarders are often suffering from OCD and typicall animal hoarders also hoard non-animate objects, too.
3. Dementia: animal hoarders sometimes suffer from dementia and experts see dementia among the spectrum of disorders displayed by hoarders.
If you are facing a hoarding situation of a loved one your job is difficult. If your loved one does not recognize the problem or refuses your help it can be even more challenging. State animal cruelty laws can be at play, and hoarders can be prosecuted for animal cruelty. Some jurisdictions now have hoarding specific laws that can lead to felony convictions. Animal hoarding is a serious problem.
Clean Earth Restorations has dealt with severe hoarding situations over the past few years. We have employed our experience dealing with bio-hazard clean up to bring the best in decontamination along with our construction restoration services. We do this all with compassion for the person who is struggling with hoarding.
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