Hoarding Connection 


Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside 
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd N
Independence, OH 44131

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Jeanne Hoban 
Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County 

Hope for Animal Hoarders Conference 

Annual conference of the Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County. Keynote Speaker: veterinarian and epidemiologist Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD, founder of the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium. Sponsored by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County with support from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Registration at 8am. Program starts at 8:30am.

Application has been made for 6.25 continuing education credits for social workers, sanitarians, animal welfare administrators, and 3.0 CLEs for attorneys.


Participants will:

  • Understand the nature of animal hoarding; differences and similarities of animal and material hoarding
  • Define Patronek’s model of how animal hoarders become animal hoarders
  • Understand how local communities address animal hoarding and resources available for individuals and impacted animals


ALLOHA - or the All-Ohio Hoarding Association - is a group of representatives from hoarding task forces across the state who meet periodically to discuss best practices and challenges to dealing with hoarding issues in their communities. We will hold an ALLOHA Preconference Roundtable on Thursday, April 27 from 2-5pm. To attend ALLOHA roundtable, complete box above payment on the registration form.


8am               Registration

8:30am         Welcome 

8:40am         “Table setting” on issue of animal hoarding – presenter Bert Rahl, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

9am               Keynote speaker Gary J. Patronek, VMD, PhD

10:30am       Break

10:45am       Keynote resumes

12noon         Lunch

1pm              How do individual local communities address issue of animal hoarding – presenter Jeff Honchar, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

1:30pm         Panel discussion with representatives from APL, animal control, mental health treatment, and prosecutor's office

Moderator: Gary Patronek, VMD, PhD

Panelists: Juliet Kocik, AnimalControl Officer, City of Euclid; SharonHarvey, President & CEO, ClevelandAnimal Protective League; DanaMariePannella, JD, Associate Attorney,Holland & Muirden; and Bert Rahl,LISW-S, Director of Mental Health,Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

2:45pm         Break

3:00pm         Q&A for panel discussion

4:15pm         Evaluation and wrap-up


Speaker bios available at hoardingconnectioncc.org