What is animal hoarding:

Animal hoarding is the pathological collecting of animals. It is most often characterised by an individual accumulating a large number of animals, and failing to provide them with proper food, water, shelter, veterinary care, and a clean living environment, resulting in extremely dirty living conditions for both the animals and the hoarder. The hoarder also fails to act on the animals’ deteriorating condition, which often includes severe starvation, dehydration, infestation of internal and  external parasites,  diseases,  fighting  amongst  the  animals, cannibalism, and uncontrolled breeding, making the situation even worse over time. Living conditions often  deteriorate  to  the  point  where  living  and  food preparation areas no longer serve their original purpose.

Animal hoarders have a compulsive need to have many animals and collect them beyond the point where they are able to sufficiently care for them.  

According to Dr. Kevin Bolon, a clinical psychologist, 70% of animal hoarders are female. The most common animal victims of hoarders are cats, followed by dogs. Animal Hoarders may profess a strong love for the animals while being in denial over the conditions their animals live in. Animal hoarders often believe that an animal is healthy while in actual fact the animal is suffering from disease or malnutrition.

Many hoarders believe they are "rescuing" animals, continually bringing more animals into the  home, and stubbornly refusing to part with any animal, be it through adoption to a good home or the humane euthanasia of a sick animal. Often this is taken to the extreme, with hoarders being unwilling to part with the bodies of dead animals.


Donkeys are an integral part of the lives of many members of South African society who rely on them essentially for transportation.

By improving the welfare standards of animals with our outreach projects, we contribute to the upliftment of impoverished communities. During these visits teams of specialist staff provide on-site support, which could include replacing equipment and primary health care.  Education always plays an important part in our interactions with communities.

The harnesses used on these working animals are often makeshift, inappropriate and cause injury and suffering.  Our team replaces these crudely made harnesses and bits with new tack, resulting in major relief for these animals.

Skills transfer is an important component of the Donkey Upliftment Project and donkey owners are trained and guided in the making, repairing and fitting of harnessing for their animals. Equally important is knowledge transfer on basic care, handling, management and primary health care – so that owners are able to help themselves and their animals.

With you we are able to help more donkeys.

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Date updated:25/04/2016




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