Hello everyone! I'd like to introduce myself to the group, as I've never posted a message on this board before.
I am a free-lance journalist as well as a state Public Health Official.

I cover many, many topics- my primary focus are zoonotic diseases (diseases passed from animals to people: eg. rabies, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, etc. I do, however, because of my extensive background with animals, contribute to a presentation on Hoarding which my department delivers to a number of different organizations. I have also had the pleasure(?) of working with Dr. Randy Frost, as he teaches at one of our area colleges. I worked in animal welfare & rescue for years, as well as acting as a part time animal control officer and I been involved with some animal hoarding cases over the years. I am also a licensed veterinary nurse, and have seen the unfortunate after-affects of neglect in pets. I've also seen (though only a handful) of success stories.
I am looking, though, for stories from other people who have been involved with animal hoarding, or if you are an animal hoarder yourself, what has been your experience? I'm basically looking for the what-when-where-and-how of the situation, but elaborate as much as you would like. At some point in the future, I may be looking to use some of these stories either in print, or in presentation. I will let you know, and please, feel free to omit your real name if you choose - but add a nom de plume of sorts.
You can post your messages here, if that's convenient, or you can email them to me personally at: (Email Removed) if you'd prefer. I would appreciate any and all help with this!
Please be aware, I don't judge people on what they choose to write. I understand the clinical as well as the psychological aspects of hoarding, and pass judgement on no one. If you would like to write to me for assistance of some sort, that's okay, too.
I've read some of the previous posts which have to do with dog collecting, and have gotten some wonderful ideas from you guys as something to pass on as an educational tool when it comes to dealing with animal hoarding.
Do you need help? I may be able to help, but please tell me your story

as well.
Thank you all in advance for your support and tolerance of my presence in this group!
~ "Yankee Rose"
"Yankee Rose" (Email Removed) said in
I am a free-lance journalist as well as a state Public Health Official.

Who is posting anonymously. Good luck with your project.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I have to post anonymously at this point in time. If you need my real name and credentials, please email me and I would be more than happy to give them to you.
~ Yankee R.
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