COLORADO SPRINGS - Fifty cats were rescued from a cat-hoarding case in Colorado Springs on July 16. Now, many of these cats need forever homes.
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The Humane Society of Pikes Peak Region currently has 30 of the 50 seized cats. They are currently spaying and neutering all of the cats in their facility. Twenty cats were originally taken to the HSPPR and had to be treated for upper-respiratory infections. All the cats were dehydrated and were underweight also.
"The conditions were just horrendous," Katie Borremans, spokesperson for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. "You couldn't even walk. And there wasn't even an inch that wasn't covered by feces or garbage. And I mean it was just overwhelming. So we got there and we went in. Our Animal Law Enforcement officers went in and gathered as many cats as they could."
Initially, they gathered up 20 cats. Animal Law Enforcement officers had left traps out for the cats that had escaped during the first impound. They captured an additional 30 cats from the residence from those traps.
Gibby, one of the cats, gave birth to two kittens after arriving to the HSPPR. Gibby and her kittens will be sent into a foster home until the kittens are old enough to be adopted.
Silas, Emma, Boyfriend, Dr. Nefario and Poodle are among the 30 cats available for adoption on Wednesday.
HSPPR is still working to assess the behavior and health of the rest of the cats, and more are expected to become available for adoption in the coming days.
"Most of the time, cats that we impound from hoarding cases have severe behavior or health problems," Joe Stafford, director of Animal Law Enforcement, said. "However, we were extremely lucky with the cats from this particular hoarding case. They had relatively minor health issues and seem to be predominately sweet, social cats. We are very excited about getting the word out about them and finding them all great new homes."
Cats from hoarding situations have many factors working against them. In some cases, the animals might not have been fed, watered or cleaned up after regularly. They might not have seen a veterinarian for a long time, if ever. Living in such close quarters with their fellow cats, they can be exposed to contagious illnesses such as upper respiratory infections. Also, they can have socialization problems because they do not often get one-on-one attention from people. Hoarded cats that have not been sterilized will often in-breed, and their offspring could have health problems and disabilities as well.
Although most of these cats seem very well adjusted, they still might need some time and love to get used to your household. Adopters may need to do some preliminary litter box training, as the cats did not have consistent access to a litter box in their last home. Also, they might be a little timid or anxious in certain situations and will need patience and consistency to overcome their fears.
Because these cats are social and seem to enjoy each other's company, HSPPR is offering a two-for-one adoption price for cats 5 months and older. The adult cat adoption fee is $68. Kittens 5 months and younger will be $78. Every cat adoption includes a voucher for a veterinarian exam, vaccinations, 45 days of pet health insurance and a microchip. A refundable $50 deposit is required by law for unsterilized cats.
The cats' owner could face animal-cruelty charges after the investigation is over. It could range from a class-one misdemeanor to a felony.
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