The Humane Society London & Middlesex (HSLM) received 88 cats after the owner found them “overwhelming.”
The cats had been kept in an indoor residential location as well as exterior area fitted with shelters that had been accommodated for the outdoors, according to the Humane Society.
“The owner surrendered the animals after the number of cats became overwhelming and unmanageable,” said the HSLM in a statement, adding “the surrender of these animals [made] the responsible choice for the health and safety of all those involved.”
On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Humane Society London & Middlesex received an owner surrender of 88 cats from within our service area. The owner surrendered the animals after the number of cats became overwhelming and unmanageable.
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According to the Humane Society, the cats, varying in age and health conditions, were taken from the owner’s property to the HSLM shelter, in two separate rental trucks. Multiple carriers were required to transport all of the cats, as well as a team of 39 HSLM staff and volunteers.
The cats were prioritized by medical condition by the HSLM Animal Health Department upon arrival at the shelter. Each cat was given an examination, and cats that seemed to be in good health were dewormed and received the necessary vaccines. All cats were also given antibiotics to ensure overall health.
“Providing the surrendered cats with necessary medical treatment is the most critical need at this time,” said the HSLM. “Monetary donations made to Humane Society London & Middlesex website will aid in covering the cost of vaccinations, medications, food, shelter and spay/neuters and all other costs associated with this surrender.”
The website for the Humane Society can be found here.
All of the cats that were surrendered yesterday were not impaired in any way, and will require spay or neuter surgeries once they are medically cleared.
The HSLM has arranged foster homes for the cats who are pregnant, as well as recent litters. Kittens will remain in foster care until they have reached appropriate age or weight to be considered for public adoption.