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.
Let’s take a closer look at the reality of hoarding…
Hoarding affects an estimated 2- to 6-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 very high chance of relapsing.