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Slideshow: Cats Removed from Hoarding Situation Find New Homes

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 9:00am
young woman holding kitten

This weekend, the ASPCA teamed up with our partners to host an adoption event for some very special cats who our Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team had removed from a severely overcrowded home.

For months we rehabilitated the cats and prepared them for adoption. On August 4, in partnership with One Love Animal Hospital and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, we set out to find them families. By the end of our special Summer Lovin’ adoption event, roughly 30 of these cats (and a few dogs from Sean Casey) found the loving homes they deserve.

Like all CIA clients, the cats’ owner worked with the program voluntarily. “This case was a perfect fit for CIA,” says CIA Director Allison Cardona. “We took it on immediately.”

The cats’ owner, a Bronx resident who had been a 9/11 responder, had 15 cats by 2012—neighbors knew he loved felines and would leave them on his doorstep, and he couldn’t help taking some in off the streets. But last year, he had two heart attacks and was diagnosed with cancer. He struggled to keep up with spaying and neutering his animals, and they rapidly multiplied to an unmanageable number.

several cats hiding under furniture

Fortunately, the CIA program was there to throw him the lifeline he and his cats needed.

This case is typical of CIA’s work, and we’re so glad this team could step in and help. We never forget this life-saving program is all thanks to the support of our members. If now is a good time for you to give, we hope you’ll consider donating to the ASPCA today. You’ll touch the lives of countless animals. Thank you!