Fifty cats that were being hoarded in a Fresno home were rescued on Tuesday by the Central California SPCA, who found the floor of the home covered in about 6 inches of old and new feces.
A woman living in the Pinedale-area home called the SPCA to surrender the cats, SPCA spokesman Walter Salvari said.
The only water source for the cats was a leaky faucet in a bathtub. The cats never lived outside the home, the SPCA said in a news release.
All 50 cats were malnourished and underweight.
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The SPCA will monitor the residence and check for repeat occurrences of hoarding, Salvari said.
Despite being scared, the cats and kittens were easy to handle and were transported to the SPCA. There, the medical staff found several of the kittens have an upper respiratory infection.
The SPCA is seeking foster homes for the “Fresno Feline Fifty,” particularly for the kittens.
To foster one or two cats, contact the SPCA’s foster care coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SPCA said now would be a good time to adopt a cat to make room for the 50 new animals.
If you’d like to to donate, the SPCA will accept cat food and litter. Monetary donations can be made to the SPCA’s wellness fund to cover the cost of caring for the sick kittens. To donate, visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/CCSPCAWellnessFund. Donations can be mailed to CCSPCA, 103 S. Hughes Ave. Fresno, CA 93706.