When faced with the realization that you are dealing with an animal hoarding situation, emotions — frustration, anger, urgency, fear — can get in the way of facts. Clean Earth Restorations has put together this list of helpful websites where you can learn more about the origins of this problem and how to make the situation better.
- One of the most complete resources on animal hoarding, including intervention, animal welfare, public health, and university research is the HARC, or The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium.
- The HARC’s document “Animal Hoarding: Recommendations for Intervention by Family and Friends (PDF File, 125KB)” is a comprehensive, constructive and informative overview of possible actions for friends and families of animal hoarders. The conclusion is:
- …the communication and positive interaction that you are able to sustain can reduce the animal hoarder’s level of isolation, help build trust, and affect greater self-esteem. These factors are essential to keep the door open for potential change.
- Another general information site about animal hoarding can be found at Animal Hoarding.com.
- The UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Clinic (part of the Department of Psychiatry) studies compulsive hoarding and has an information website which answers questions about such things as typical behaviors associated with hoarding, what causes compulsive hoarding, and what treatments are available.
- The Children of Hoarders website has numerous resources for children dealing with a parent’s hoarding syndrome and an animal hoarding FAQ page.
- The Tufts University ‘Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium’ has thorough intervention guidelines for family and friends of animal hoarders, and has an entire website of resources dedicated to the subject.
- Nightline aired a show about animal hoarders that you may find useful: http://youtu.be/HJtcPeZBJJg
- Though the site Pet Abuse.com is more concerned with all forms of animal abuse and in particular voluntary abuse, it also has some information which may be useful to people in animal hoarding situations, especially as pertains to the legal ramifications of animal abuse and neglect.
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