Animal hoarding is horrible. Animals are put in situations where their most basic needs are not met.
It may surprise some people that the definition of an animal hoarder has more to do with being able to provide appropriate care than with numbers. For example, a person with 10 cats who is able to meet the needs of each cat would not be classified as a hoarder but a person with 4 cats who is unable to provide suitable care for each cat would be classified as a hoarder.
It is estimated that 250,000 animals a year are living in hoarding situations. And that’s just in the United States!
A hoarder doesn’t have to be an individual. It can be a rescue group. When a rescue “saves” animals from euthanasia and gets too many animals for the organization to care for, then they are hoarders also.
If you suspect someone or an organization of hoarding animals, please report it to your local law enforcement. Living in a hoarding situation is an inhumane environment for the animals. To learn more, go to “Too many pets, too little care: A look at animal hoarding“.