Can’t adopt but still want to help? The shelter is in need of cat food, litter and kennels.
—Cage after cage filled with cats, all filthy, scared and in desperate need of a new home.
The Garrard County Animal Shelter received a tip that a woman was living with more than 100 cats in a small trailer. Earlene Harris with the shelter knew, they had to step in.
“She is trying. and she’s very saddened to have to release them. It was very devastating for her, she sat and cried,” Harris says of the woman who surrendered the cats.
The woman’s name and location are not being released because the shelter says she is cooperating and voluntarily surrendering them.
“She came up to Kentucky with her original 8 or 10 cats from Hurricane Katrina, she’s a Katrina survivor. Based on the stories I’ve heard she’s kind of lost everything and just clings to these cats,” says Harris.
The Garrard County Animal Shelter is a small operation, so taking in as many cats as this is overwhelming. There are a few cats that are sick, a littler of kittens that didn’t make it, and several feral cats that would make for great barn cats. But the remaining 90-plus are in need of their forever homes.
“She didn’t know what to do. She doesn’t want to put them to sleep, she wants them to find good homes. Each cat has a name and a story to go with it,” says Harris.
The woman is allowed to keep her original set of about eight or ten cats, on the one condition they get spayed or neutered, so she doesn’t end up in this situation again.
“She really loves the cats and is just over her head,” says Harris.
If you are interested in adopting one of the cats, call the Garrard County Animal Shelter at 859-792-1562. If you are unable to adopt but would still like to help, they are in desperate need of cat food, litter or kennels.
The Garrard County Animal Shelter is located on Hanging Forks Road in Lancaster. Click here to watch the story.