The Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division and the Humane Society of Broward County recently rescued about 88 cats in a deplorable hoarding situation inside a storage facility in Fort Lauderdale. The facility was infested with bugs with no air-conditioning, and the cats were stuffed inside dirty crates that were stacked on top of each other. The good news is that at least a dozen or so of the felines have been declared healthy enough to be put up for adoption.
On Saturday and Sunday, the rescued cats will be up for adoption at a special "Purr-ever Home" event being held at the Broward County Disaster Recovery Center, located on 3100 NW 19th Terrace in Pompano Beach.
"We will be taking our mobile spay/neuter unit and members of our veterinary team to the Pompano shelter on Friday to sterilize the felines that will be available for adoption over the weekend," said Christopher Agostino, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Broward County via a press release. "In addition, they will be vaccinated, micro-chipped and receive a Broward County Rabies registration tag. HSBC adoption staff will also be available on Saturday and Sunday to assist with the adoptions. This is an unfortunate situation for these felines but thanks to the private support HSBC receives from its donors, we – and you – are able to help so pets like these can have a better future."
Added Public Education Coordinator, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division, Lisa Mendheim: "This situation is a prime example of how our shelters and the community can come together in order to provide a second chance for pets in need. Together we are on a mission to ensure that these cats get the care and the homes they deserve."
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According to the Humane Society of Broward County, the remaining cats rescued from the storage facility will need extra care and attention. The group announced that three of the females who are nursing a litter of kittens are in need of foster parents. Some of the cats are still afraid of humans and might be feral, officials say. They're asking for anyone interested in foster parenting the cats not yet up for adoption to email officials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Purr-ever Home" event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, the owner of the cats found in the storage facility is being investigated by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.