Hoarded Cats Receiving Care at Shelter, Foster Homes

By Nancy Norman
|  Monday, Jan 3, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 PM EDT
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Cats rescued from a hoarding situation are in need of foster homes.

Cats rescued from a hoarding situation are in need of foster homes.

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The 4Paws Rescue Team has issued an urgent plea for loving,  permanent or foster homes for more than 100 cats.

In November, Fairfax County police took 161 cats from a home in Annandale, Va.  Neighbors had called, alerting authorities to a hoarding situation. The Fairfax County animal shelter took them in.

More than 100 cats are currently in the shelter's care. The sick and young cats were placed in shelter-approved foster homes and are receiving treatment. Most of the seized cats had upper respiratory infections and parasites, police said. Seventeen have been adopted or sent to another organization. Three are currently available for adoption at the shelter.

To foster a cat, you need a space in your home where the cat can be kept separate from your pets. The cat will have a veterinary check-up and be spayed or neutered at no cost to you.  4Paws pays for medical care while the cat stays in your home.

4Paws is an all-voluntary cat rescue. You can call them at 703-715-6369 if you can start the New Year by helping find permanent homes for these cats and kittens in need of loving care.

Fairfax County police said the cats are not facing euthanization if they are not adopted or placed in foster homes, as 4Paws previously said. Cats that had untreatable illnesses or did not get better despite medical treatment were euthanized for humane reasons.

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