Like many hoarding cases, this case of animal cruelty was not intentional. As the health of the owners was declining, the number of cats continued to increase, ultimately creating a scary and tragic situation. Luckily, C.A.R.E animal rescue stepped in to intervene to provide these animals with a safer home with owners more equipped to take care of them.

Room with many cages

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After receiving an anonymous tip, the Department of Social Services was shocked to find 49 cats trying to survive in an extremely cluttered home. After further investigation, they discovered that the owners of the home were not fit to take care of the animals and were removed, and forced to leave behind their cats. Hoarding is the number one animal cruelty that affects companion animals, says C.A.R.E animal rescue.

Two kittens resting in someone's hands

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C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue teamed up with Springfield-Greene County Animal Control to help search, humanely trap, and rescue all 49 cats. However, despite all of their hard work, C.A.R.E. said there are still some cats left inside the home.

“Two of them are pretty feral,” Alex Heath with C.A.R.E. reported. “So we’re just trying to find a way to get them in the traps. I think one of the traps keeps getting set off, but no cats are in it. So they’ve been a little elusive with us. We’re still going to keep trying until we’re able to get them all out of the house.”

Cat perched on a yellow bucket in a dirty and messy room

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The rescue effort required a lot of patience considering that many of the cats seemed to be scared of people.

C.A.R.E reported “giving them a lot of time and patience and not forcing them into situations where they’re going to be more stressed, letting them come up to you letting them just settle in at the new house and getting used to all new things is really going to be the biggest thing. It’s just patience really that they need.”

Cat laying on dirty bed with feces on it

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Thanks to all the combined effort of C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue and Springfield-Greene County Animal Control, more than three dozen cats are now up for adoption at the shelter. Although many of the cats are still scared and shaken up from the traumatizing experience, two of them have already been adopted into loving homes and a few more are already expecting new homes very soon, says Ky3.

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