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Mysterious owners dropping off 100 'Tuxedo' cats at night at Marin shelter

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For the fourth time in the past 18 months, a mysterious owner has dropped off 25 more cats and kittens at the Navato facility of the Marin Humane Society in California announced the press release by the organization on Friday. The cats and kittens, almost all black and white and aptly referred to as "tuxedo" cats, were left in cardboard boxes. Someone rang the doorbell and then quickly left.

A surveillance video shows it to be the same vehicle which dropped off as many as 75 cats in the past, however the identifying information is not clear. The photo of a white SUV was picked up on the surveillance video. The MHS wants to assure the owners that no charges will be levied against them for neglect or cruelty; the cats did arrive in good physical condition. The organization, however would like information as to the cats' history and which newborn kittens belonged to which mother cats. Animal Care Manager, Samantha Winegarner added:

“It would be so helpful to have some information about the cats and kittens. We noticed one of the female cats was lactating but we weren’t sure which kittens were hers or if her kittens were even a part of the group that was dropped off. Fortunately, we were able to reunite momma and kittens but precious bonding time was lost.”

None of the cats had been spayed or neutered. At this time, the MHS has been vaccinating, microchipping, spaying/neutering, and evaluating the cats both medically and behaviorally.

Much of this could have been avoided if the owners of these cats had the pets spayed and neutered. MHS now is overcrowded with over 200 cats, who are in desperate need of homes. In a effort to help these beautiful pets find new homes, all adoption fees have been waived for the month of August.

The Marin Humane Society Adoption Center (171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato) is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30
p.m. For more information, call 415.506.6225 or visit For those who would like to help MHS care for animals in need, financial contributions
can be made online at, by calling 415.506.6259, or by mailing a check to: Marin Humane Society (c/o Development Department), 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, 94949.

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