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Tuxedo cats flood California shelter

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More than 100 cats -- most of them black-and-white tuxedos -- have been “anonymously abandoned” at the Marin Humane Society shelter over the past 18 months, according to the Marin County, Calif., animal-welfare organization.

The fourth and latest batch of 24 adult cats and kittens was left in cardboard boxes in the middle of night outside the shelter in Novato, which is about 30 miles north of San Francisco, the group said Aug. 14. Shelter staff member believes the same party is responsible for leaving all of the cats, as security camera footage seems to show that the same white vehicle has been involved in all four drop-offs.

The organization said it has been overwhelmed with providing medical and other care for all of the cats and is eager to speak with the people responsible -- not to punish them but to offer spay/neuter services. None of the cats had been sterilized before arriving at the shelter, and their common appearance has led shelter staff to conclude that they are related.

“It’s clear the hearts of those who dropped off these animals are in the right place; however, it’s important we find out where these cats are coming from so that we can offer assistance, including spaying and neutering, so this overbreeding doesn’t continue to happen,” said Keri Fennell, the group's director of customer services.

Anyone with information about the origin of the cats is asked to call the Marin Humane Society at 415-506-6225 or contact the organization online.

View a local TV news report about the situation here.

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