Cat hoarding case straining Columbus County’s shelter resources, donations needed

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A case of cat hoarding in Columbus County is straining the resources of the animal shelter, both in its budget and its available food and litter.

Shelter Manager, Joey Prince, says the shelter was already full of about 100 cats, which is the maximum number allowed to ensure the health of the animals, and is expected to receive somewhere between 50-75 cats in the next two weeks. The total number of cats estimated at the home is 100.

Prince says the person who owns the cats is unsure of how many she has been feeding.

Cats from the home are already being brought into the shelter.

Prince says the person who had the cats gave them food and water, but it doesn’t appear the cats received any medical treatment or basic vaccinations. The health of the cats vary, some are in good health, but most will require some type of treatment and medical aid.

The shelter is asking for donations of kitten food and clay litter to help handle the influx of cats and kittens.

The Columbus County Animal Shelter does not have the space to take in all of these cats at once, so they are seeking other agencies and foster homes to temporarily house cats until space becomes available. Adopters are needed quickly so that more rescued cats can be spayed or neutered and become available for adoption. Most of the cats caught so far are friendly.

“Space is really an issue so if somebody wants to adopt a cat, this is the perfect time for it,” Prince said. “If you would like to just temporarily have a cat and foster it at your house for a few weeks that would give us some space until we can kind of get this large number processed.”

Any rescues or those wanting to adopt the healthy cats and kittens presently in the shelter to make room for the cats and kittens coming in should contact the Columbus County Animal Control at (910) 641-3945.

The shelter is extending its hours from the normal 12-4 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday to make these cats as easy to adopt as possible until the cat numbers return to a more manageable level.

Prince says they are not releasing the name of the person nor expected charges because of a ‘questionable’ mental state.

Prince hopes to have an update by Friday.

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