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Animal Hoarding and the Mess It Leaves Behind

Animal Hoarding
and the mess it leaves behind

DEC 9, 2020


Imagine this scenario: Ms. X is a reclusive woman living alone with over twenty-five cats.  Although in her heart she loves these animals and pictures herself a savior to the homeless cats in her community, she can’t quite keep up with all of the needs of the animals in her.  Over time, the pet food containers, fecal matter, and urine accumulate into a truly hazardous living condition for herself and the cats.  The condition of the animals begins to deteriorate as vaccinations are not administered and disease among the cats begins to transmit.  A neighbor notes the issue and contacts animal control in concern for the animals. The animals are subsequently removed, and Ms. X is now left with an overwhelming home environment that is unhealthy to live in.


Scenes like the one described are much more prevalent in our community than many know.  Animal hoarding, which is the excessive acquisition of more animals than could reasonably be adequately cared for by a person on a particular property is discovered frequently.  The National Humane Society estimates that over 250,000 animals suffer and die due to animal hoarding on an annual basis.  To many, it doesn’t make sense that a person would voluntarily take on the volume of animals found in animal hoarding situations, however, similar to standard hoarding disorders, animal hoarding is typically a manifestation of an underlying mental illness. Animal hoarding disorder has no defined predisposition to gender, age, socioeconomic backgrounds, and or city versus rural residents.  Animal hoarding can also be exacerbated after a specific traumatic event or loss of a loved one in a person’s need to generate love or control within their environment.


As avid animal lovers, it can be an unconscious reaction to singularly focus on the ill treatment of the animals, and subsequently forget about the person involved.  There is no question that it is imperative that the animals get the medical treatment they need and a safe place to call home as soon as the hoarding is discovered, but we also should remember that there is a hurting person involved in this scenario as well.  Our position as a community could be to treat the person suffering from this mental condition with kindness while helping them to get the medical treatment and a safe place to call home as well.  The urine and feces left behind in an animal hoard environment can result in a toxic environment for the person left behind. 


Bio-One of Tucson specializes in the remediation of urine and feces decontamination.  Our technicians provide discreet aide to help restore those in need in returning their environment back into a safe place for them to live.  The restoration of the living environment can assist in decreased likelihood of relapse into animal hoarding tendencies once again.  If you, or anyone you know, needs help with the remediation of animal urine and feces remediation in their home please contact Bio-One of Tucson for a free estimate of services.  Our business model is to operate with intent to keep the dignity and respect of the client intact as we help to restore their home to a healthy environment. Contact us today at (520) 771-5960 or