Dogs That Hoard Stuff
There’s been considerable buzz lately about the growing epidemic of animal hoarding – defined as a person’s compulsive need to possess and control animals. In fact, Animal Planet's new season of Confessions: Animal Hoarding provides an unflinching look at this terrible epidemic. The hoarding epidemic may be partially fueled by the record-breaking number of surrendered dogs and cats on the streets and shelters these days, as many animal hoarders fall into the category of “the rescuer hoarder” or “the overwhelmed caregiver” as they initially begin their downward spiral with the best intentions.
But What of Dogs & Cats That Hoard Stuff Themselves?
Collecting useful things, like food and bedding material, is something that many animals practice and is a normal, largely innate behavior. Squirrels gather nuts for the winter and birds carry nesting materials back to the roost in spring. Dogs are instinctive hoarders and bury bones for a rainy day, cats collect dead rodents, birds and other random gifts.
But what about those dogs and cats that hoard non-essential objects that serve no biological purpose, such as tennis balls, socks, underwear, toys, shiny objects, candy wrappers, hair ties, teddy bears, slippers etc? What is their purpose? Some say it is the animals’ way of establishing dominance over other animals in the household, staking claim to their domain so to speak.
Do you now any animals that collect weird stuff? We sure do and we’ve collected some of our favorite funny photos of Animal Hoarders: Animals that Hoard Stuff – check them out below!
What's On: Tune In
Learn More: To learn more about what you can do to spot the signs of actual animal hoarders and to help animals victimized by hoarders, tune in to “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” on Animal Planet Wednesday's at 10pm E/P.