I understand that animal hoarding has at its foundation a mental disorder, but I still can't get my head around the idea. What would make someone who would otherwise seem to be a functioning member of society repeatedly do something that flies in the face of common sense? I love animals. I have the room for many animals, but common sense dictates that I can't just acquire animals willy nilly without first considering a few things. Just as an example - We are currently considering a horse. Before I can even begin to think about actually bringing a horse home, I have to think about a few things: Can I afford vet care for the horse? Farrier fees too. What is it going to cost me to feed this horse every month? Can I afford it? Where will this animal be housed? Am I physically capable of caring for the horse? Who will care for the horse when I am sick? How will my other pets be affected by the addition of a new family member? I consider these things and many others before I even get to the point of looking for the pet. The questions are much the same no matter what type of animal I am considering - dogs, cats, (more) chickens, rabbits, you-name-it. They all have needs that must be considered if I going to be a responsible pet owner. I consider these needs - vet care, food, housing, daily care and love, interaction - to be the very basics. Of course depending on the type of animal the needs vary from the example I gave, but all animals have needs that must be met. So what makes someone throw away their common sense and hoard up animals that they cannot provide the basics of care for? Anyone ever known a hoarder and have insight as to what caused their obsession to hoard in the first place? Please note: I am interested in enlightening discussion. It is not my intention to flame anyone nor do I want to be flamed. If flaming is your intention, please take it somewhere else.