Shelters Overcrowded After Rescuing 77 Cats


HENRYVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Animal shelters in Monroe County are maxed out, after rescuing dozens of cats and kittens from a hoarding situation in Henryville. Eyewitness News has learned this isn’t the first time crates of cats were removed from the home.

Last week, volunteers from different animal shelters came together to catch more than 70 cats and kittens from the home off Tahoe Lane in Henryville.

“The urine smell was crazy, so we knew we were going into a not good situation,” Terri Zuber of Camp Papillion recalls.

Camp Papillion is now caring for 31 of the cats, and counting.

“I have four pregnant mommas. And just today, moved another one around and yeah, there’s another pregnant one,” Zuber explains.

One cat died from birthing complications. Volunteers are now bottle feeding her babies.

With tears in her eyes, Zuber adds, “I lost a momma, and I lost her because she was stressed.”

Camp Papillion’s $7,000 dollar medical bill is growing. The non-proft can’t take in any more cats.
“We’re drowning, completely drowning,” Zuber says.

It’s a similar situation at AWSOM Animal Shelter, which rescued 23 cats. Cages have to be stacked and cats are doubled up in them.

“And that prohibits us from taking in cats that people find under their porches, in their driveways, on the road. It’s caused us to be overwhelmed and really maxed out,” explains Sandra Fellin of AWSOM.

In 2015, the ASPCA removed 122 cats and kittens from the same home. Authorities say the owner planned to open a sanctuary, but couldn’t keep up with how quickly the animals reproduced.

Eyewitness News spoke with the homeowner last week. She says she’s sorry this happened.

“Oh it’s heartbreaking, heartbreaking. They’re part of you. Your family,” says Sandra Wenner, homeowner.


The ASPCA is meeting with the homeowner on Tuesday to take in any additional cats. A spokesperson says anytime animals are removed from a home, criminal charges could be filed.

Camp Papillion and AWSOM say the cats are in decent condition, but need to be spayed or neutered.

They urge you to spay or neuter your pets.

Camp Papillion and AWSOM run on donations. To continue caring for the cats, they need financial support, volunteers and foster families. Once medically cleared, the cats will be available for adoption.


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