By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Since February the Humane Society of West Texas has removed more than a hundred cats and kittens from a local animal hoarder's home. Many didn't survive but now many that did are ready to find new homes during this weekend's Adopt-A-Thon.
The local woman hoarding the cats reached out to the Humane Society for help, knowing her situation had gotten out of hand. "They start out just as big huge animal lovers with huge hearts, and they just want to help them and they just get overwhelmed," said associate veterinarian Casey Carrothers who helped the Humane Society.
Once they took on the huge project of removing the cats and nursing them back to health, there was no turning back. "I didn't know what I had gotten myself into," said Carrothers. "It was a lot more than I thought it was going to be. It was very hard to see but it's also been very rewarding."
Over the next few months volunteers began taking the cats and kittens into their own homes, but with more still being born in the hoarder's home, 70% of the kittens didn't make it. "She wouldn't let us have the pregnant ones and so they would have kittens and the kittens would die and then they would die," said neonate specialist Beverley Nichols who took in most of the young kittens.
But thanks to several Humane Society volunteers like Nichols, many of these kittens are now up for adoption. "It's been a lot of work and a lot of heartache and a lot of tears but it's been worth it if we can get these kittens good homes, then everything will be worth it," said Nichols.
Saturday and Sunday during the Humane Society's Adopt-A-Thon many of the rescued cats and kittens, dubbed sad cats, will be available for adoption at Pets Mart on Slide from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Adoption cost $89 and that includes their spay/neuter, rabies and other shots, and microchipping.
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