Breaking: Rescuers arrive at house full of cats suffering from neglect

By on October 20, 2021 with 8 Comments

This week, our Animal Rescue and Response team was dispatched to Indiana to help rescue dozens of cats from a house in Muncie. I had the honor of being with them, on the ground, seeing the first moments these cats got the love and care they so desperately needed.

When I first entered the house, a stench of ammonia hit me immediately. The cats had been living in relentless filth, which made it impossible for them to keep themselves clean and healthy. In all my years of this work, I haven’t seen animals living in conditions like this before. Our team had to be careful not to slip on the layers of filth that had piled up. City officials say that the 1,500-square-foot property will be condemned once all the cats are removed.

The floor of the residence was covered in filth, and many of the cats suffered from respiratory illness. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

As we moved through the house, we began to meet the cats. Many of the cats were very thin, sick or suffering from injuries. And yet, despite everything they suffered, many of the cats came right up to rescuers to purr and ask for head scratches. Some of the cats even followed us around the house.

It never ceases to amaze me how resilient and strong animals are. This is something that I know keeps me—and our team—going even through the most painful of cases.

As rescuers moved through the house, some of the cats began to follow them, purring and requesting attention. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

The rescued cats are now recovering in a temporary shelter. Volunteers from RedRover are helping our team tremendously with the daily needs of the cats at the temporary shelter. Once their immediate health and welfare needs are met, the cats will be available for adoption through shelter and rescue partners.

The cats are getting transported to a temporary shelter where they will receive urgent veterinary care. Then they will be seeking new homes. Meredith Lee/The HSUS

I’m so heartened that Muncie officials requested our assistance so that the cats could swiftly be connected to care. I’m confident that a brighter future lies ahead for them, thanks to all our supporters who make rescues like this possible.

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  1. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Esto tiene que cambiar ya no podemos a gozar de la vida de los animalitos de cualquier animalito esto tiene que acabar

  2. Erin says:

    How can I donate to this care of the kittens of this exact story? Do you offer donations to a specific story?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you for your interest in donating! To help care for these kittens and protect all animals you can make a donation here. You can also make a donation here to the Emergency Animal Relief Fund (EARF) to specifically help the Humane Society of the United States care for animals impacted by natural disasters or who are otherwise in need of urgent rescue. Learn more about how your donation to the HSUS is used here or how your donation to the EARF is used here.

  3. Rose Barnaby says:

    Excellent job you do, I highly commend your work and pray for your success!

  4. C. MCVAY says:

    Can I make a donation directly to the shelter in Muncie Indiana.?
    This is my THIRD try for a response !

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you for your interest in donating! To help care for these kittens and protect all animals you can make a donation here. You can also make a donation here to the Emergency Animal Relief Fund (EARF) to specifically help the Humane Society of the United States care for animals impacted by natural disasters or who are otherwise in need of urgent rescue. Learn more about how your donation to the HSUS is used here or how your donation to the EARF is used here.

  5. Jane Heltebrake says:

    Unbelievable conditions!! Thank you for rescuing these animals.

  6. Gregg Miraglia says:

    Thank you for what you do for these poor animals!!
    I’m sure you can tell they appreciate it as well!!

    Best to you!!!

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