Due to a very “perilous hoarding situation,” over 300 cats have been rescued from an apartment unit by Toronto Animal Services with the help of Toronto Cat Rescue.
According to Toronto Cat Rescue (TRC), 70 cats and kittens were removed from the home on Saturday as part of ongoing rescue efforts, and they are now doing well in their foster homes.
The TRC says all of the cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and observed by their foster home for behaviour and medical issues, and the TRC will list the cats and kittens as they become available for adoption.
According to the City, a maximum of six cats are allowed in one home.
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Unfortunately, cat hoarding is a regular occurrence in Toronto and this is the second situation the TRC has been involved in within a month.
The TRC says it’s important that this doesn’t continue as “it’s a terrible way for cats to live.”
“If you know that someone has too many cats, it is best to report it sooner rather than later. Unsterilized cats breed prolifically, and with only a nine-week gestation, things get out of control VERY quickly,” said TRC.
To make a report in the City of Toronto, call 311 and you will be directed to the appropriate department.
The TCR says it’s currently looking for donations to help care for the cats and manage the situation, and also for prospective cat owners who are looking to adopt.
So if you’ve been thinking of getting a new furry friend, you should consider adopting one of these adorable felines from the TCR. If interested, visit the shelter’s website to fill out an application.