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Feature April 2015 Issue

Helping the Hoarder

It’s a complex situation that is receiving increasingly more attention — but is there something you can do?

When people hear about an animal hoarding situation, often the initial reaction is to have an image of “crazy cat ladies” who collect needy, homeless animals and don’t know when to stop. Many of these people instantly take pity on the “rescued” animals out of concern for their welfare. But they often don’t consider what may have prompted the hoarder to start this behavior — or what role these animals actually play in their lives.

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