“The Psychology of Animal Hoarding”

On Sunday, May 31st, 2:00PM-4:00PM, Dr. Randy Frost will be discussing the psychology of animal hoarding at Berkshire Humane Society’s (BHS) Coffee Hour Speaking Series. Dr. Frost is a professor of psychology at Smith College and has done extensive research and writing on this topic. Copies of his book, Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, co-authored with Gail Steketee, will also be on sale.

Animal hoarding occurs in communities across the country and poses multiple challenges for animal welfare, law enforcement, social service, and mental health professionals. Although “hoarded” animals often live and die in filthy surroundings, without food, water, or veterinary care, their owners believe they are “saving” them. Unfortunately, research on animal hoarding, including onset, prevention, and intervention, is limited.

The Coffee Hour Speaking Series is held at BHS, 214 Barker Road, in Pittsfield. Please note that Dr. Frost’s presentation will be held in our Family Dog School’s training center off the lower parking lot.  Delicious desserts, as always! Reservations aren’t necessary, but to save a seat and be eligible for a raffle at the end of the afternoon, please call 413-447-7878, ext. 128, or register online. All events in the Coffee Hour Speaking Series are free and supported by the Chervenak-Nunnalle Foundation, Inc.

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