A stereotypical animal hoarder is usually a single, middle-aged woman who lives alone with her cats. In reality, there are no specific characteristics that classify hoarders – except that they sometimes house more animals than they can possibly sustain.
The Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC) has defined the term "animal hoarding"; It describes any individual who has acquired more than the typical number of companion animals, fails to provide adequate living conditions, and consistently denies his or her own failure to do so.
Two cases of animal hoarding were discovered in Wake County in June; One involved a man who had acquired 34 dogs, while the other situation contained a woman who shared her home with 29 cats. Animal Planet made arrangements to feature the two cases in its series, Confessions: Animal Hoarders. The dog-hoarding episode airs tonight at 10 p.m. and the cat-hoarding episode airs February 10 at 10p.m.
Animal Planet representatives contacted the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County to remove the animals from the properties.
"This is our first time participating in a rescue with Animal Planet," Darci VanderSlik, SPCA's community outreach coordinator, said. She explained that the premise of the series is to have the hoarders turn the animals over on their own free will in exchange for psychological intervention and help regaining control of their lives..." More