ASPCA emergency responders and veterinarians were in Brooklyn, NY, this morning to intervene in a hoarding situation in which 37 cats and kittens were living in a one-bedroom apartment. The cats’ owner, whose name has not been released, cooperated fully with the ASPCA before and during the operation. She relinquished ownership of 35 felines, opting to keep only her original two cats.
Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigation and Response, reports that the cats’ owner was not abusive and tried to care for all of her pets, but became overwhelmed by their out-of-control breeding.
All 37 cats were transferred to a staging area at Brooklyn Animal Care & Control (AC&C), where the ASPCA Mobile Clinic was on site to sterilize the two cats who were going to go back to the apartment and medically evaluate the others. Most of the cats appear to be in good health and were dewormed, deloused, vaccinated and implanted with microchip IDs.
After triage at AC&C was completed, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals provided transport for the 35 relinquished cats to its various partner organizations around the city, where they will be cared for and eventually be made available for adoption. Participating shelters, aside from the ASPCA, include:
- Animal Haven
- A Tail at a Time
- City Critters
- Social Tees
- Friendly Ferals
- The Humane Society of New York
- North Shore Animal League
“The cats will receive complete medical exams and behavior evaluations before they go up for adoption,” says Rickey. “The collaboration among all of the participating groups, including the Mayor’s Alliance and AC&C, helped make this operation run smoothly. We were fortunate to be able to accommodate these animals, and getting them to shelters as soon as possible gives them the best chance for placement in a new home.”
Please contact these shelters directly or stay tuned to the ASPCA Blog for updates.
Here are some photos from today’s intervention: