People who are hoarders in the true sense of the word need treatment not condemnation.
Now I am not trying to enforce some idea of being politically correct. I am though trying to give some insight into the problem.
For the most part these are not evil people. They do however need treatment and understanding without those two things this problem will only grow.
Yes it is horrible for the animals and humans involved.
Any discussion of the problem without all the facts is pointless. Shalom
I know that you are a mental health professional, but being raised by two people with various MH conditions, I have my own possibly skewed perspective.
Do they need help? Certainly. Will they go get it? In at least my experience, MOST OF THE TIME, NO.
And that is the problem. You have to be willing at some point to get help. We can't do it for them.
Guess what? You can't get someone treatment if they refuse it, unless they're a danger to themselves or others. Do I have that right? So my mom takes care of my crazy aunt, who is "fine' to live outside, until she stops taking her meds
, then as far as I know, she has to be periodically put right back in the hospital, whether it is the Balboa Navy hospital or wherever else she goes. And my mom, no saint herself, isn't privvy to all of the info because my aunt is an adult. Last I heard, she was trying to be put as a caretaker of my aunt...she fullfulls that position anyway, but just doesn't get paid for it.
Guess what? That woman made my childhood/young adulthood a LIVING HELL. Do I have a certain sympathy that chemicals in her head made her do mean, hateful things to a kid? Yes. Do I have certain sympathy that she can't always control what she does, and thinks people are spying on her? Sure...but somewhere in there, at some point there had to have been the thought "hm, maybe this is messed up". I mean, who has like four dogs, god knows how many cats, six guinea pigs, turtles, rats and god knows that else in a one bedroom condo, all windows sealed, blankets over those and tacked shut so the neighbors "can't see in" and thinks that is normal? Do you have any idea what that smells like? I mean, how many times do you allow your niece/sister or whoever step in dog crap in the bathroom hallway because you think it's ok for your pitbull to go indoors like a yorkie, but you're too lazy (and yes, it was lazy) to clean it up? (Oh yeah, dogs weren't allowed outside either....the neighbors might see them...X_X).
At SOME point there was a little voice, or a loud voice that said, this isn't right.
How many times do the animals get taken away before the hoarder thinks "maybe I'm wrong?"...but it's always someone else's fault right? The neighbor, the evil jerk who called animal control or whatever.
So yeah, maybe I'm biased, but I feel more for the animal, who has no say in the circumstances...of that lady Ware mentioned, the one I "bought" Strider from, and even my messed up Family. They may have started with good intentions, but it unraveled...and every time someone suggests a solution it's shot down repeatedly.
I give everyone a chance, and I tried to help my family, but at some point, the humans must choose to help themselves--we can't do it for them!...and my sympathy lies with those who *cannot* change their situation--the animal.
/rant and Sorry if I take it a bit personally. =/
ETS: just to make it clear, the house was also filled with books and other items "in case the world goes Blooey", aka "when the rapture occurs". So think piles of books taller than my head, stashes of bathing items that will never get used, peed on clothes etc. I have pictures of the stove, aka, the litterbox somewhere, as well as the conditions the turtles were kept in...every few years when I forget I took those pics, I go through stuff to scan for FB or whatever and they surprise me =/ UGH
Now end rant ..again...