Animal hoarding is both a human and animal health issue plaguing relief agencies – Pasadena Star News


Last weekend my sister Laura ‘adopted’ a kitten that had been found outside. As she searched for the perfect name, I was happy to help her with some season-appropriate ideas. Rudy was rejected because it sounds too much like Rooney, his dog’s name. Nick, Frosty, and Jingle didn’t seem to match either. My niece found the winner: Dash, short for Dasher.

Recently, I have had quite a habit of naming cats. Last week, our animal control officers rescued over 50 cats from a build-up situation. Each cat has been given a name inspired by the holidays to mark their new start.

Hoarding can be devastating for the people and animals involved.

When our animal control officers first arrived at the house, the conditions they found were, unfortunately, typical of this type of situation. Piles of empty cat cans piled on the floor, surfaces covered in trash and grime, and cats in every nook and cranny visible to the naked eye. The smell of ammonia was so strong that officers found it difficult to breathe.

Over the next two days, fitted with respirators and PPE, our team methodically searched the house, carefully removing any cats they found.

The next phase of rescue has started at the shelter. Cats requiring urgent medical attention were immediately seen by one of our vets. During this time, the rest of the cats were put into clean kennels with fresh bedding, food and water to await their vet exams.

Surprisingly, most cats appear to be in relatively good shape given the circumstances in which they were found. Many suffer from upper respiratory tract and ear infections, which is quite common when too many cats are housed together, especially in unsanitary conditions. All cats are now treated and should make a full recovery.

It seems like a real miracle that we saved these cats just in time for the holidays and before they got any more seriously ill. Now that they are safe and taken care of, my wish is that they all find a warm and loving home.

If you are considering adopting a cat, please visit the shelter near you.

And please visit our Pasadena Humane website where you will see Merry, Jolly and more! The festive felines will also be available for adoption at our “Whisker Wonderland” cat and kitten adoption event this Saturday, December 18, from 10 am to 1 pm. We are offering a reduced adoption fee of $ 50 for all cats over 6 months of age during the event, a saving of 50% on our regular fees.

Caring for animals rescued from accumulation cases takes an enormous amount of time and resources. We could not do this difficult job without the support of our generous, animal loving community.

If you suspect that someone you know is struggling with animal buildup, please contact Pasadena Humane. A phone call can be the first step in a long process of getting people and animals in pain to have the help they need.

Dia DuVernet is President and CEO of Pasadena Humane.


Boyd S. Abbott