A Monroe County animal rescue is in the process of finding homes for 40 cats that were recently removed from a Temperance area home.
Friends of Companion Animals (FOCA), Monroe’s only all-cat rescue and adoption center, confiscated the felines that were neglected and requiring health care.
Over the course of a few weeks, FOCA collected and provided health care to all the cats, all of whom also required spay or neutering and medication for upper respiratory infections, which often happen in colonies such as these, said shelter director Penny Bly.
It was discovered through various sources that the resident who had dogs on the property also had 40 cats in the single-family home, including 20 adults and 17 kittens to three nursing mother cats.
Bly said FOCA then contacted the resident who said they were struggling financially and were unable to care for all the animals. Originally, an acquaintance of the person with the cats paid to have two of the 40 altered so they could be returned. However, upon seeing the cats’ condition the veterinarians were concerned about their well-being and even suggested reporting the case to animal control for possible prosecution.
Monroe County Animal Control reported that officers are aware of the rescue and are monitoring the situation.
Bly said since the cat surrenderer worked willingly with FOCA to address the neglectful situation, she simply wanted to get the cats to safety and into new homes that could provide proper care. According to Bly, what started off as someone trying to help cats escalated into a hoarding case after a few litters because they were unaltered. This type of situation is one of the many reasons FOCA is trying to create the first-ever, local low-cost spa/neuter clinic for feral cats in Monroe County.
But to do so successfully, it requires financial support from individuals and businesses in the community.
“We could have this clinic up and running next month if we had local sponsorship,” Bly said. “We have veterinarians ready to go – we just need funding.”
A rummage sale in March generated about half of the $20,000 needed to get started, but the organization requires additional financial support. Another rummage sale is scheduled from noon to 5 pm Aug. 17-20.
“By having a clinic like this, it would cut down on events such as these,” Bly said. “Many people don’t realize cats reproduce quickly and they can mate with siblings as young as 4 to 6 months old.”
Bly said the person who had the cats had good intentions.
“Don’t misunderstand; it’s always wonderful when the community wants to help cats in the area. But you need to know your limits,” she said. “Saving animals means more than just giving it a little food now and then and some shelter. It also means regular check-ups and providing extended care should they need it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen in this case.”
Bly added that the good news is most of these cats are socialized and friendly. Now it’s just a matter of getting them matched into supportive homes.
This is the largest cat surrender to the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization has accomplished since it rescued 33 cats from a house in Monroe in March, 2021. Ten of those semi-feral felines are still looking for barn homes via their free barn cat program and one friendly cat, Tiny Tot, still needs her forever inside home.
How to adopt a cat
Anyone who would like to adopt a cat, become a volunteer or make a donation can do so by visiting the FOCA website www.friendsofcompanionanimals.org.
More than 200 cats are in FOCA’s care there is a special rate for July and August. Adult cats are $60 each or two for $100. Kittens that are $90 each will be discounted at two for $150. The resale shop at the shelter has 50% off toys and games.
The shelter is at 2532 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. To speak to a person, Nadine Meeker can be reached at (734) 770-8324.