Hoarding is at once a complex animal cruelty issue, mental health issue and public safety issue. The ASPCA works to ensure hoarders and their victims get the help they need.
More about Hoarding
Animal hoarders can be men or women of any race, income or education level. They sometimes pose as legitimate sanctuaries.
Learn more about hoarders and hoarding rescue.
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Animal Hoarding FAQ
Who hoards animals? Why do they do it? Is it a crime? Answers to these questions and more.
ASPCA Hoarding Position Statement
Hoarding is perhaps one of the most complicated animal cruelty issues. Learn the ASPCA’s position on animal hoarding.
Learn the Signs of Hoarding
How can you tell if someone you know is hoarding animals? Watch for these signs.
The ASPCA’s Work with Hoarding
Raids and Investigations
From New York to Arkansas to Florida, ASPCA responders have rescued animals from failed sanctuaries and private hoarders alike.
Cruelty Intervention Advocacy
A major component of the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program, part of our NYC Humane Law Enforcement department, is working with hoarders who are not in violation of the law.
What You Can Do
How You Can Help End Hoarding
If you suspect someone you know is hoarding animals, you can help. Here’s how.
It’s always best to call law enforcement if you suspect animals are being abused. It’s also a good first step toward getting hoarders the help they need.