CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Local animal care agencies were told this week to expect a few dozen cats from a foreclosed home in Colerain Township. What they got could turn out to be the largest single haul they’ve ever seen.
Ray Anderson with Cincinnati Animal Care, one of the agencies contacted about the property, says the shelter is already swamped this season.
“We’ve had a huge uptick in our population in general,” Anderson said.
Then the call came Monday about the home foreclosure and the 30-odd felines they were told to expect. Over the next few days, CAC and several other agencies set traps for cats on the property.
The result? Seventy one cats.
“Seventy one from one property is very extreme,” Anderson said. “I think that’s our biggest pull.”
CAC took around 30 of the cats, while Ohio Alleycat Rescue took around 40.
Anderson appreciates the help, especially in a week when CAC took in around 80 dogs as well — and 200 animals in total.
“Our rescue partners being able to take those on, huge help,” he said. “I mean, we’re talking boots on the ground at the property from various rescues, our staff, our dog wardens were out there.”
Anderson adds this was not a hoarding case.
“This was a case of people with good intentions. They wanted to help,” he said. “They were trying to help cats in the neighborhood, and it just got kind of out of control.”
The good news? Outside a few runny noses, the cats are all healthy and will be ready for adoption soon.
“Huge relief to see that. Those situations when those things snowball out of control, you can walk into a pretty ugly situation, but I think, for the most part, things were ok,” Anderson said.
Because of the unusually high amounts of animals in their care, CAC will be doing adoption specials starting Saturday.
Enquirer Media partner Fox 19 provided this report