There were distressing scenes as around 300 cats were found crammed into a tiny apartment in Toronto. The uncomfortable pictures show the scared animals fighting for space as they are literally on top of each other.
According to a post by the Toronto Cat Rescue (TCR), a group of volunteers helped remove 70 cats in one go. This was only the beginning though.
The TCR confirmed it had counted 300 cats in the confined quarters. Explaining the situation, the site said: “This is the second large cat hoarding situation we have been involved within a month! It’s very important that this NOT continue. It’s a terrible way for cats to live.”
Neighbours told CTV News they’d repeatedly complained about a strong smell coming from the apartment. In fact, the odour was so bad, people thought someone had died inside.
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Rescue In Action: We (TCR) worked with Toronto Animal Services yesterday to remove cats from a perilous hoarding situation in an apartment in Toronto. Over 300 cats were found, and we were on hand to help out and take 70 of the cats on Saturday. The cats and kittens are doing well in their foster homes. We are so grateful to our volunteers and staff who stepped up to the plate to get cats of the apartment right away. It is the beauty of Toronto Cat Rescue's flexible structure that allows us to place this many cats at once with our incredible volunteers who care deeply about animal welfare and the health and happiness of all the cats in our care. This is the second large cat hoarding situation we have been involved with in a month! It's very important that this NOT continue. It's a terrible way for cats to live. If you know that someone has too many cats, it is best to report it sooner rather than later. Unsterilized cats breed prolifically, and with only a nine week gestation things get out of control VERY quickly. To make a report in the City of Toronto, call 311 and you will be directed to the appropriate department. What is too many cats? Toronto defines this as a maximum of 6 cats in one home. Ensuring cats are spayed or neutered is equally important to prevent pet over population. The city offers a mobile SNYP truck service: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/animals-pets/spay-neuter-services/ All of the cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and observed by their foster home for behaviour and medical issues. We will post the cats and kittens as they become available for adoption. To help with this incredible rescue, please click https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14811 to donate. If you are interested in becoming a foster home, please fill out an application on our website: https://torontocatrescue.ca/volunteer/foster-homes/ Thank you for your ongoing support. #CatRescue #RescueInAction #HoardingNeedsToStop #catsofinstagram @toanimalservices
Residents admitted they were shocked, thinking there would only be between 10 and 15 cats inside the apartment. As the pictures show, cats were literally in every possible space. Lurking in the bath and popping out of every orifice, the cats were struggling to find a place.
All I can picture is the crazy cat lady from The Simpsons, but so far, there is no news on the lady who was responsible for the cats.
Karley Lux, an employee of a local animal hospital, told CTV News: “Surprisingly, most of them, pretty much all of them were healthy…There’s no fleas or infection…which is pretty surprising.”
The lengthy rehoming process is currently underway, but remarkably, a lot of the cats have already found new owners. Weirdly, this is the second case in as many months. In March, TCR had to remove 105 cats from a similar situation
Considering the City of Toronto allows a maximum of six cats in any home, it’s clear to see this person was just a little over the limit.
[Featured Image: Pixabay/Toronto Cat Rescue]