The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley has just received more than 30 cats and kittens rescued from a hoarding situation. The shelter may be getting more in coming days, said Leslie Maisonneuve, facilities coordinator.
Maisonneuve said the kittens were seized within the shelter's service area - primarily Englewood, Littleton and nearby communities - but it is the shelter's policy not to make details public.
“These cats and kittens were all very sick," she said. "We’ve been treating them for upper respiratory illness. Most of these little ones are very young kittens. Unfortunately, we don’t have their mamas to feed them. We’ve been hand feeding them milk replacement and teaching them how to eat from a bowl.
"Helping these babies is very challenging on our resources," she said. "Help from the community would be so appreciated.”
The kittens were 3-4 weeks old and skinny when the shelter first started getting them. Once they have recovered, in mid-February - they will be available for adoption, Maisonneuve said.
“Situations like this are unfortunate, but we are grateful that we could help give these little ones a chance for a better life. Often times in these hoarding situations, folks feel like they’re helping these cats out by providing them food and shelter, but when the cats are not spayed/neutered, the situation can get out of hand rapidly," she added.
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