On Monday, March 11, two Central Pennsylvania humane societies (The Humane Society of Cambria County and The Central PA Humane Society) rescued nearly 60 cats from a hoarding situation.  The animals were believed to be abandoned and found in extreme conditions, several with matted or missing fur and caked in urine and feces. All were in need of veterinary care.

Given the large intake of cats, officials with the Animal Protective Services of The Humane Society of Cambria County, reached out to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh for assistance and support. HARP Humane Officers responded to the request and traveled to the Cambia County Humane Society on March 13.

Of the cats removed, 22 of the surrendered cats were transported to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s two domestic shelters. Eleven cats were taken to the East Side shelter and 11 others to the North Side shelter. Upon their arrival at HARP, the cats were evaluated by the medical and animal care teams.

Currently, the cats are receiving continued medical examinations and care and overall are in fair condition. Many have dental disease that may require extractions and a number have severe skin conditions including urine scalds that will require their fur to be shaved.  HARP staff will also be working with several of the animals to help them decompress and adjust to human interaction.

As in many animal welfare cases, the discovery and seizure of these animals was in part thanks to citizen-raised concerns.  It is a reminder that if you suspect an animal is in harm, please contact Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh at 412-345-7300, this contact form, or your local police department.

HARP relies on the support of the community to continue to provide the care for animals like these dogs. Every dollar donated will help give animals they care they need and the love they deserve.