COVID-19 Dying Leaves a Dozen Cats in Want

Pasadena Humane is soliciting donations to help them
By Jana J. Monji

T.Welve cats were found in a woman’s rental unit on Jan. 19 after she died of coronavirus.

The animals were well fed and friendly, but in poor health. Some of the hoarded cats require surgery, so Pasadena Humane is actively seeking donations. Some cats were missing patches of fur due to fleas.

“All of them had fairly severe upper respiratory infections, which is common when a number of cats are confined,” said Jack Hagerman, Pasadena Humanes vice president of community involvement.

“Some had ear infections of varying degrees. One of them had an ear infection that was bad enough to affect his balance. “

Others have had significant eye infections and possible entropion eyelids, which is a congenital deformation that requires an expensive procedure. Entropic eyelids are turned inward, causing the lashes and skin to rub against the eyeballs, causing irritation.

Hagerman estimates that Pasadena Humane will cost between $ 1,200 and $ 2,500 per cat. Until the eye infections heal, Pasadena Humane doesn’t know how many cats will need surgery.

At least two of the cats are pregnant. Pasadena Humane was expecting kittens because every spring brings a flood of unwanted kittens.

Many of the hoarded cats have gone to experienced nursing homes that can provide prescribed treatments.

“Sometimes well-intentioned people can become animal hoards,” Hagerman said.

“Animal hoarding cases usually start with the person having the best of intentions but lacking the resources to manage their population when it gets out of hand,” he added.

Psychologists have identified red flags, but animal hoarders are often “people who have really big hearts.” A tell-tale sign of hoarding is smell.

Pasadena Humane is already under financial strain due to the pandemic and needs funds to cover the cost of this neglected dozen. To make a donation, call 626-792-7151 or visit pasadenahumane.org.