Strays & Hoarding

Opposite extremes … too many strays on the streets and throughout our communities while others are hoarded in numbers beyond what’s reasonable to be cared for by one person!




Sometimes a stray may in fact be a lost pet  Yet in many areas across the country, there are an unbelievable number of strays.  Some are abandoned, or offspring of momma dogs or cats that literally have lived their lives on the streets.

Some cities suffering from economic hardships have become overrun with strays …. cities like Detroit, Houston, and St. Louis are among those cities.

In Detroit, a recent article shares perspective on the crisis as written by Laura Reese and Andy Henion of Michigan State University.


Meanwhile the World Animal Awareness Society’s American Strays Project is focused specifically on this issue starting in Detroit and expanding to expose the issue and explore solutions.

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The ASPCA provides a great overview about hoarding, from what it is, to what prompts it and steps to take to intervene.  Their overview includes how to spot an animal hoarder:

Here are several signs that may indicate someone is an animal hoarder:
  • They have numerous animals and may not know the total number of animals in their care.
  • Their home is deteriorated (i.e., dirty windows, broken furniture, holes in wall and floor, extreme clutter).
  • There is a strong smell of ammonia, and floors may be covered with dried feces, urine, vomit, etc.
  • Animals are emaciated, lethargic and not well socialized.
  • Fleas and vermin are present.
  • Individual is isolated from community and appears to be in neglect himself.
  • Individual insists all animals are happy and healthy—even when there are clear signs of distress and illness.




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