Abandoned cats improving at Angels
By Denise Dick
The 20 cats left last week at Angels for Animals are improving and should be adoptable soon.
But Diane Less, Angels co-founder, said that even with all of the media coverage and the information posted on the shelter’s Facebook page, no one has called inquiring about adopting any of the cats.
Last week, the 20 cats — 14 black and six gray — were left in the shelter’s drop-off area. They were infested with fleas, parasites and lice. Some had scratched so much they had bald spots.
The animals are being treated for those ailments and improving.
“They’re doing good,” Less said. “They’re adjusting pretty well.”
The cats are being kept at Less’s barn because space at the shelter is limited and because she doesn’t want to infect other cats.
Less still hopes to locate the people who brought the cats in, believing they have more cats needing medical attention.
The cats ranged in age from 8 months to 6 years.
None were fixed so it’s strange no kittens were included, Less said. Without being fixed, those cats will continue to reproduce, adding to overpopulation.
One female cat and her offspring can produce more than 11 million kittens over nine years and for every 30 to 50 cats, there’s only one home. The lack of homes leads to pets being euthanized or dying after being left to fend for themselves.
The shelter has between 100 and 120 cats with more than 100 others in foster care. Still more — those deemed less desirable — are at Less’s home. In the fall, the number in foster care rises to more than 300, Less said.
Less believes part of the reason no one has inquired about taking the cats is because of their color. Even though black cats have lighter coats and healthier skin, they’re often overlooked when it comes to adoptions, she said.
Despite their issues when they were dropped off at the shelter, most of the cats are friendly, she said.
“There are a couple of ‘insta-purr’ cats,” Less said. “And some of them are really beautiful.”