Companion Animal Hoarding

Companion animal hoarding is a big problem in the state, with suspected hoarders living in nearly every community.

Although companion animal hoarding is usually associated with large numbers of animals (50, 100, 150), it is about how the animals are cared for. The typical situation involves malnourished, sick animals living in filthy, cramped conditions, which, in some cases, require the premises to be condemned.

In the past, our community shelters have spent large amounts of money and other resources impounding alleged hoarders’ animals. This takes away from the services the community depends on them to provide.

Companion animal hoarding is a psychological problem. And the living conditions are not just bad for the animals – they are bad for the people too. Hoarders need help.

If you see a suspected case of hoarding, don't assume "someone else" will be taking care of the situation. Take precautions to safely investigate and report any findings of neglect or cruelty to the proper authorities.


Related resources:

New Mexico Animal Laws
How to Investigate a Case of Animal Cruelty

New Mexico Animal Resources Guide

ABQ Journal: Animal hoarding recidivism common


Animal hoarding is a problem for more
than just the animals.

Photos by: Santa Fe Shelter & Humane Society.