A retired linguist has filled his house with 130 roosters and hens. A 27 year old’s future is jeopardized by her growing number of cats and dogs. These are just two examples of the people and animals Animal Hoarding Project has helped.

We are interested in speaking with anyone who is overwhelmed by the number of animals in their care.

There’s no such thing as “the typical” Animal Hoarder. Hoarders may be male or female, wealthy or poor, old or young. Many hoarders begin with just a couple animals, but things can become overwhelming very quickly.

Almost all animal hoarders do not see themselves as hoarders.

Though the kind of pets may vary, from rabbits to reptiles, dogs to cats, birds, ferrets or rats, the one thing all animal hoarders share is that they put relationships with friends, family and loved ones at stake, all because of their love for their animals.

Why it’s important to act before things get worse….

As their number of pets increases, family and friends grow frustrated, and feel unable to help. The spiral downward continues, affecting them physically, emotionally and financially until much hope is lost.

Tragically, hoarder’s pets can suffer from malnutrition, overcrowding, lack of proper veterinary care and be left vulnerable to pests like fleas, infectious disease and stress from overcrowded conditions.

Here’s your opportunity to HELP before that happens.

The Animal Hoarding Project began as a way to reach out to friends, family and loved ones who want to bring about positive change in an animal hoarders’ life.

Now, as part of the Animal Planet documentary series, Confessions: Animal Hoarding, we are reaching out to people across Canada and the US to give them tools to help a loved one who is struggling with a compulsion to collect pets.

Family and friends can make all the difference. We’ve found that those close to an animal hoarder, together with a therapist or family mediator, and animal care experts, can make a tremendous impact on a person overwhelmed with too many pets.

The critical element in breaking the cycle of animal hoarding lies in psychological treatment. Without this, the rate of recidivism, or continued collecting, is nearly 100%.

Our expert therapists and veterinarians work with friends and family members to help the hoarder confront the pain that underlies their attachments to animals, and begin to build new relationships with the people in their lives who care about them.

Where that process begins is with a friend or family member who cares enough to get involved.

If you know someone who can benefit from our help, Submit Your Story to Animal Hoarding Project.

May 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm


* Without therapy the rate of recidivism (or collecting animals again) is close to 100%.

* The vast majority of animal hoarders love their pets dearly, and don’t intend for their pets to suffer.

* There are approximately 250,000 reported animals that are victims of animal hoarding every year.

* Animal hoarding impacts communities across North America on a daily basis with approximately 3,500 reported new cases discovered each year.

* Animal hoarders have also been known to hoard objects; approximately 40 percent of object hoarders also hoard animals.

* Without therapy the rate of recidivism (or collecting animals again) is close to 100%.

* Only 65% of hoarding cases involve cats, and 60% consist of dogs. Animal hoarder have been known to hoard rabbits, birds, reptiles, exotic pets, native wildlife and farm animals.

Here is your opportunity to HELP