(Update) 72 cats and kittens were rescued and transported to the Nova Scotia SPCA for urgent medical care. They expect even more to arrive soon.

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72 cats and kittens were rescued and transported to the Nova Scotia SPCA for urgent medical care. Tragically, we expect even more to arrive soon.
The Nova Scotia SPCA is asking for help from the community after rescuing 72 cats and kittens in need of urgent medical care. The majority of the cats came from two animal hoarding situations in Pictou County and Cape Breton. The large number of sick and injured cats has overwhelmed SPCA Animal Shelters throughout the province.

Due to the conditions the cats were living in, many suffer from painful eye damage, severe infections and deadly diseases. Medical treatment for the cats could exceed $58,000. The no-kill organization is inviting animal-lovers who want to help to make a donation at www.novascotiaspca.ca/helpnow or by texting “SPCA” to 4-10-10 to donate $20.

“Animal hoarding is a complex issue,” said Sandra Flemming, Provincial Director of Animal Care at the Nova Scotia SPCA. “It can start with innocent intentions but as the number of pets multiply they may not be given adequate care. Many caregivers​ are embarrassed to ask for support or unaware of what resources exist to help them.”

The Pictou County SPCA Animal Shelter does not have an isolation room large enough to treat and protect the cats in the shelter from potential infections. Due to limited space and existing hurt and homeless pets, the rescued cats were transferred to other SPCA Animal Shelters to be closely monitored.

The cats require intense rehabilitation and are not entertaining adoption interest or visitors. Once cleared medically, the cats will be posted on the SPCA adoption website. If you or someone you know is struggling with animal hoarding, contact the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.

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Update:

On behalf of the 72 rescued kitties, we want to thank all the generous animal-lovers who have donated to help. 🐱 Another 8 cats were brought into our care this week bringing our total to 80 cats and kittens… so far.

With your help, we have poured everything we have into saving these sick and injured cats. 🐾 The kitties have felt your love and support from all around the world!

Despite aggressive treatment, a deadly virus took the lives of 4 kitties. Even with our best efforts and around-the-clock medical care, we lost another 5. 💔 Our hearts are breaking but we find hope in each brave cat who is fighting to stay alive.

Animal-lovers who want to help can make a donation at www.novascotiaspca.ca/helpnow or by texting SPCA to 4-10-10 to donate $20. ⬅️

The work is never done. We can’t always win. But as we look into these sweet faces, we cannot thank you enough.

Despite this sad news, many have responded well to treatment. 👩‍⚕‍ Some cats have been medically cleared and are ready for forever families. Others have a longer road to recovery ahead. Thank you for being with us every step of the way.

P.S. This week marks National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. Helping animals is rewarding but also emotionally taxing. Help spread the love by sharing a heart emoji in the comments below. 💙

P.P.S. You can view the cats that are available for adoption by visiting www.novascotiaspca.ca/adoptions or by contacting our dedicated adoption partner: Lily Pad Cat Lounge.

*While we appreciate your compassion and empathy, we ask that you refrain from any comments that include profanity or may be considered disrespectful with our social media policy. Thank you!*

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