Animal Allies Helps Cats in Hoarding Case Find Homes

By KBJR News 1

Animal Allies Helps Cats in Hoarding Case Find Homes

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 7:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- More than 60 cats and kittens were discovered in a hoarding case in Duluth's Central Hillside last week.

Now Animal Allies is stepping in to find them new homes.

Animal Allies staff are examining the cats and kittens currently housed at the city of Duluth Animal Control Shelter.

Only one of the animals is spayed or neutered.

Several kittens are being treated for upper respiratory viruses, but most of the cats are healthy.

"A few of the adults have diarrhea, but mostly they have good weights,” Carrie Lane, Animal Control Leadworker said. “I would think once they get to know people they will probably be manageable.”

The Duluth Animal Shelter says the home where the cats were found was severely damaged in the floods.

The homeowner has been helping the shelter clean and make the animal's transition easier.

"He's told us the names and ages of all the cats,” Lane said. “Most of them a have names, but there is a few that don't have names and he knows also that those cat's don't have names.”

Animal Allies is offering no-fee cat adoptions for all cats currently in their adoption program in Duluth and Superior in order to make room for the other cats.

"If you want to help us with this hoarding situation, if you ever thought of having a cat, or having an additional cat in your home, now is the time," John Gustafson, Director of Development said.

Animal Allies says it needs adopters, foster families and financial donations.

"There's so many here that deserve a loving home, instead of being here, where they could not go anywhere," Andrea Johnson, a cat adopter said.

The Duluth Animal Shelter does not expect any neglect or hoarding charges to be pressed against the cat owner.

Jennifer Walch
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