Hoarding is the compulsive collection of possessions accompanied by difficulty parting with them. This behavior can negatively impact many areas of a person’s life causing serious physical, social, emotional, financial, and legal problems. These collected items can include objects such as newspapers, food, clothing, boxes, photographs, plastic bags, household supplies, magazines and animals.
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1. Hoarding Statistics
Hoarding affects 4-percent of the population. It is estimated than 40-percent of object hoarders also hoard animals. In the United States 3,500 animal hoarders are reported yearly, affecting at least 250,000 animals.
It is estimated that more than 80-percent of animal hoarders have diseased or dead animals on their properties. Approximately 70-percent of hoarders are women, who are single, divorced, widowed, or have suffered emotional trauma in their lives. Unless a hoarder receives treatment they have a 100-percent chance of relapsing.