22 cats removed from hoarding situation

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FOND DU LAC – It took days to remove 22 cats and kittens from a nursery situation in rural Fond du Lac County as some were hidden deep in piles of rubble in the house.

The Fond du Lac Humane Society worked with the county health department to remove the neglected animals from a home in Saint Cloud, animal shelter director Riley Cheevers said.

When the homeowner finally agreed to hand in the cats, live traps were set and the cats were removed over several days.

Many of the cats suffer from long-term health problems and require comprehensive medical care, Cheevers said.

“These different health conditions are indescribable. Not only are they being treated for eye and ear infections, ear mites and fleas, most of them were covered in feces,” she said. “And many of the cats are undersocialized and frightened during examination and treatment.”

Cat rehabilitation involves socializing the cats so that they can eventually be adopted from the shelter.

Cats and kittens that have been removed from a crèche in St. Cloud are now in the care of the Fond du Lac Humane Society.

Hoarding can be a very complex issue, and the case had many underlying issues, said the shelter’s director.

“Our focus was on animal welfare and public safety concerns, and the first step was to move the cats to a safer environment and get adequate care,” said Cheevers. “Without the homeowner’s involvement, this could have been a lot more difficult than it has been in previous cases.”

The rescue of more than two dozen sick cats coincides with the high season at the shelter when an overwhelming number of cats come in each week, many of which are pregnant. Cheevers said they are expecting multiple litters of kittens in the coming days and weeks.

Humane society raises money to cover costs associated with these cats, including spay / neutering, vaccinations, microchips, and veterinary care. The estimated cost is at least $ 165 per cat.

The shelter requires non-clumping cat litter, paper towels, kitten milk replacers, baby food (turkey and chicken), towels, blankets and sheets, and Purina Cat Chow. They also request Fleet Farm gift cards.

Donations can be made at the back door of the shelter at any time, on the Fond du Lac Humane Society website, or sent to the following address: 652 Triangle Road, Fond du Lac WI 54935.

Contact Sharon Roznik at 920-907-7936 or sroznik@gannett.com. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/reporterroz/

The Fond du Lac Humane Society worked closely with the county health department to remove 22 cats and kittens from a home in St. Cloud.  Catching the cats with live traps took a few days as some cats were hiding in the rubble in the house.

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