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East AL humane society opens adoptions for nearly 60 hoarded cats

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Published: May. 9, 2018 at 7:21 PM CDT|Updated: May. 10, 2018 at 3:55 PM CDT
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Pictured are three of the more friendly cats taken from the hoarding situation. (Source: Lee...
Pictured are three of the more friendly cats taken from the hoarding situation. (Source: Lee County Humane Society)
More than 55 cats were recovered from a Lee County hoarding, officials said. (Source: Lee...
More than 55 cats were recovered from a Lee County hoarding, officials said. (Source: Lee County Humane Society)

LEE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The Lee County Humane Society is asking the community for help after a large number of cats were "surrendered" to the shelter. LCHS officials say the hoarding was discovered in Opelika Wednesday and involves approximately 55 cats.

"It was set up through the owner's attorney. We have initially taken in 58 cats and we believe that there are another 30 to 40 more that will come in," said Lee County Humane Society Outreach and Development Coordinator Mary Wynn Kling.

The shelter says some of felines are in poor condition, but says it has opened the process for people to adopt.

"There are many health issues. I know that a lot of them are suffering from upper respiratory infections, which are pretty easily treated once we don't have 58 cats all in one place," said Kling. "It's kind of like a classroom full of kids, one of them gets sick and then everybody gets it and they keep giving it back-and-forth to each other."

There's an urgent plea for help from those who can foster, adopt, donate, or pull rescues.

"We need fosters; especially fosters that do not currently have a cat in their house because we don't want your foster cat to get your pet sick," Kling said. "We are also in desperate need of financial donations. Obviously vetting and caring for all of these additional animals is very costly."

The shelter says the adoption process for these animals differs from its ordinary process. Those wanting to take one home will have to sign a medical waiver because of the upper respiratory infections or other issues.

"They are currently receiving treatment and medication, and they have been dewormed, given flea treatments, and tested for FeLV and FIV (all tested negative, thankfully). However, they will need additional medical attention and vaccines," the shelter said.

There is a $50 adoption feed for a spay/neuter deposit, which will be refunded when the pet has been altered.

If you're looking for a furry kitty, be mindful these animals have been neglected and it may take time for them to become adjusted. The shelter said some are friendly while others remain frightened.

If you can't adopt, you're asked to consider some other options to help. Those who can help with fostering are asked to email foster2@leecountyhumane.org. Rescue organizations should email rescueau@leecountyhumane.org.

LCHS rescue partners, including Paws Humane, Humane Society of Harris County, Save-a-Pet, and Woof Avenue, have taken in some of the healthy already adoptable pets, while the LCHS staff vet and care for the cats who came in on May 9.

The shelter is located at 1140 Ware Drive in Auburn and can be contacted at 334-821-3222.

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