Hoarding–of any kind–is not the behavior of a healthy person.
I just heard about an animal hoarder on the news. His house and yard was PACKED with cats and dogs.
The animals were malnourished and full of fleas and ticks. His backyard was a pet cemetery. The number of animals buried was indeterminable.
What brings someone to behave in this way?
I think it’s many things:
- Lack of self-control
- Mental illness
- Scarcity mentality
I used to watch Hoarders–until it got to be too much for me.
Every person on that show exhibited one or more of the above behaviors.
What always amazed me was the horrid living conditions most hoarders live in.
An altered mind will put up with a lot…
The media attention given to hoarding serves as a warning to us all: The things we have are not meant to have control of us.
In relationship to pet hoarding, it just goes to show that unhealthy behaviors affect everyone–family, friends, and pets.