'It was cats everywhere': 146 cats seized from Welland home
The Welland and District Humane Society is spaying, neutering and vaccinating as fast as it can after 146 cats were seized last week from a home in Welland, Ont.
There were so many cats, Executive Director John Greer said, that the shelter actually had to shut down for an afternoon just to handle them all.
"We've never, ever seen numbers like that from inside one home," Greer said.
The humane society first found out about the problem on Feb. 8, when Niagara Police and local bailiffs were evicting a married couple from a home in the King Street and Ontario Road area.
"When the bailiffs entered the home to change the locks, it was just cats everywhere," Greer said.
Humane society workers rushed over to the home, and started the process of moving the cats to their facility. Most are young adults or kittens, and some were pregnant. Three cats were actually born on the trip over.
Greer says the cats are generally pretty healthy, save for some weight problems and upper respiratory issues.
He believes that it may have been a "hoarding situation" that allowed the cat population to explode while inside the home.
"Cats breed very rapidly, and it just gets out of control," he said.
Animal control officers are currently conducting an "open investigation" into the man and the woman who had been living inside the home.
"If it's a mental health issue, we don't generally look at charges," Greer said.
Thankfully, the cats came in at a time when the shelter is generally low on felines, but there were still more than the facility could handle all at once. The Fort Erie SPCA took 30, while another 15 are at a satellite location at the Seaway Mall, Greer said.
The majority of the cats are now up for adoption. "Most of them are very social," Greer said.
"Generally, they're all very human friendly. Sometimes just the bigger guys pick on the little guys."