On one count in July the total was 176 cats rescued. They wanted to keep on until they could not longer see traces of cats on the property. They didn’t want to leave any cats behind. This happened in Sussex County of New Jersey. (Northernmost county and part of the New York Metro).
They have been caring for the rescued cats including some new barn/farm locations for many of them. These felines still show normal activity and seeking hooman interaction.
Each one rescued also has been spayed or neutered. Many of them are up for adoption at Noah’s Ark Campus, Madison Shelter and PetSmart Mt. Olive. I am glad that mean partnerships came and helped with this unexpected group of cats.
The rescue efforts took place during a heat wave.
Now these cats are back to being a cat and playing with toys.
Back in July 13, 2018 was when some of them got to go to their new farm homes.
It’s also important to remember the human component to cases like this one. Simply removing animals does not solve the problem and recidivism is almost always 100 percent without effective intervention. Hoarding is a complex issue and must be addressed with compassion and understanding with mental health professionals. St. Hubert’s is committed to working with all agencies and officials to examine the human health component and find ways to provide services to individuals as well as the animals. We’re grateful to NJTV’s Brenda Flanagan for visiting the cats and insightfully addressing the issue.
The team was only gonna take them in small batches, but seeing the intense heat wave and other factors deiced to take immediate action on those cats. A lot of the cats also had illness and injuries. Which included a staging, triage and treatment area set up.
This effort began June 26, 2018.
All of the rescued cat vaccinated, dewormed, treated for fleas and spay or neutered.