Brazil was fabulous...as we had expected. I spoke on Animal Hoarding, Animal Cruelty, and Shelter Medicine...more on the specifics of the lectures later. For now, I am linking to an article from Brazil's Clinicavet mentioning the conference.
My hope was to return and write a bit about Animal Hoarding. Unfortunately or fortunately, I have been very busy helping animal shelters with all kinds of interesting issues. My newest adventure will take me to Curitiba, Brazil, where I will be the keynote speaker at a conference at the veterinary school. The topic will be animal cruelty and animal hoarding. I'll admit, I was surprised that this is the topic they chose, but am also very excited to be bringing these concepts to a country that is only recently developing official policy on animal cruelty related topics. The trip will include a visit to Iguassa Falls and Rio de Janiero where I will also give a short lecture on Animal Cruelty.
I spoke yesterday at the Los Angeles Hoarding Forum: Hoarding Forum 2012 “People Hoarding Animals and Things; Is it Capacity, Mental Illness or Life Style?”
which was sponsored by the Department of Mental Health and Genesis. It was an incredible experience meeting people from a broad range of backgrounds all coming together to discuss hoarding.
At the Forum, participants were given a handout to fill after discussion in small groups. I will review the answers and provide a summary of responses regarding the roles of different agencies in animal hoarding cases and the approach to therapy, in the following weeks. Stay tuned for details to come!
I've been traveling for the past two months now, speaking here and there on Animal Hoarding. Seems to be the hot new topic!
The latest talk will be this coming Tuesday in Los Angeles on the Multidisciplinary Approach to Animal Hoarding at the California Endowment Center on June 26th. I am sure there will be a lot to post after that talk.
One link that everyone should have who is interested in Animal Hoarding:
the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium website is a comprehensive site with resources on animal hoarding for veterinarians, mental health professionals, and prosecutors
Sounds like things are improving for the hundreds of cats down in the recent Florida hoarding bust. Check out the Huffington article from HSUS president Wayne Pacelle. My colleagues at the shelter medicine program at the University of Florida did a fabulous job spaying/neutering/triaging hundreds of cats in a very short period of time. Now the cats are ready to be adopted so if you happen to be living near there, swing by and take home a cat!
Jyothi V. Robertson, DVM
Shelter medicine consultant