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We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in this area for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of information that may help lead you to find resources in your area:
- HARC, the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium, a group of researchers who collaborated from 1997-2006 to define and better understand the problem of animal hoarding.
- The Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine-Crisis Intervention Information
Also: Fee-for-Service Consultations– Long distance telephone consultation services provided (or available) for out-of-state clients or organizations. References are available upon request. For further information and costs of service, contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 325-4828
- Infographic: The challenge of intervention
- Comprehensive List re: Animal Hoarding, Stepping out of Squalor Forums
- 3 Stages & types of animal hoarding, by Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD. (Infographic)
- In this podcast, Dr. Gary Patronek, clinical assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, discusses animal hoarding.
- Descriptive model: Path to Animal Hoarding
- Animal Hoarding News & Information
- Animal Hoarding: A View from the Trenches, PsychologyToday.com, March 8, 2011-By Jessie Sholl-author of Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding
Assessment & Measurement Tools:
- The Institute for Chronic Disorganization Clutter-Hoarding Scale
Free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations. More info about the ICD Hoarding Scale: Level 1 / Level 2 / Level 3 / Levels 4 & 5. Another good overview for understanding of this scale, and a 9-page report outlining it as well.
- Saving Cognitions Inventory
Steketee, G., Frost, R.O., & Kyrios, M. (2003). Cognitive aspects of compulsive hoarding. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 27, 463-479.
- Saving Inventory-Revised (SIR)
Assesses the severity of the three core features of hoarding: excessive acquisition, difficulty discarding, and clutter. International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center.
- Structured Interview Hoarding Disorder (SIHD)
Alberto Pertusa, David Mataix-Cols, August 2010.
- Hoarding Rating Scale (HRS)
The Hoarding Rating Scale is a 5-item semi-structured interview that can also be used as a questionnaire. The five questions include questions about clutter, difficulty discarding, excessive acquisition, distress caused by hoarding and impairment resulting from it. International OCD Foundation Hoarding Center.
- Clutter Image Rating (CIR) “To make sure we get an accurate sense of a clutter problem, we created a series of pictures of rooms in various stages of clutter…” These pictures are published in treatment manual (Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide, Oxford University Press) and in self-help book (Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring,Saving, and Hoarding, Oxford University Press)
Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:
Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:
- National/International listings at Hoarding CleanUp.com/Cory Chalmers
- Cleaning Companies who extend discounts to family members cleaning out for a hoarding loved one: (sorry, we aren’t aware of any at this time in this area)
No cleaning company services known at this time.
- National/International listings: from the International OCD Foundation
- Professional Associations:
Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Allen R. Cooley Ph.D.
North Mississippi Medical Center
Behavioral Health Center
4579 S. Eason Boulevard
Tupelo, Mississippi 38801
- National Center on Elder Abuse: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources-State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
- The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
- National Association Senior Move Managers -Facilitates “the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, with a national referral network, for delivery of services with compassion and integrity.”
Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!
Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:
- About Hoarding Task Forces, by Christiana Bratiotis, PhD, Boston University
- Hoarding Intervention Resource Guide
Orange County California Task Force on Hoarding
- International Exchange on Hoarding (Task Force Lists)*
- International Hoarding Task Force List from the IOCD Foundation*
We aren’t aware of any Hoarding Task Forces in this area at this time, but please check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.
- Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients
by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW
Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.
Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.
- National Listings: Organizers specializing in chronic disorganization (ICD Certified)
- National Listings: National Association of Professional Organizers
- The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
- The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
- The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
- The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
- The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
- Additional reading from the ICD
•Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
•The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)
Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:
I am the daughter of an animal hoarder. If you are currently hoarding or have been touched by this disorder, this group is for you. Let’s talk, share experiences, and support one another in our recovery.
Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area
Manual for Facilitating a Support Group, IOCDF, if you’d like to start one in your area!
Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area
General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:
Various dates-selected articles
Disclaimer re: all services/businesses/providers
The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these forums, or the content of any external links.