Austin Waste Management: Why “Crazy Cat” Ladies Aren’t Funny

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Austin waste management As an Austin waste management contractor, we are sometimes called upon to clean up the homes of hoarders and unfortunately, sometimes these hoards contain dozens upon dozens of pets.

Experts estimate that as many as 40% of object hoarders also hoard animals, but there are only roughly 3,500 cases of animal hoarding reported each year. The discrepancy in numbers is caused by the fact that the majority of animal hoarding cases go unreported.

Why?

While there’s no official research on the reason animal hoarding goes unreported, we have a theory – the crazy cat lady.

What do we mean by that?

The stereotype of the crazy cat lady trivializes animal hoarding. We portray the crazy cat lady as an eccentric, someone with a “quirky” personality, ignoring the amount of pain and suffering animal hoarders actually cause their pets.

This leads us to see animal hoarding as a relatively harmless crime, which in turn, keeps us from reporting it. Animal hoarding, however, is a severe form of animal cruelty and it needs to be reported immediately.

If you suspect someone is hoarding animals, you can call your local police station or contact your local chapter of the ASPCA. 

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