Dozens of cats rescued from hoarding situation in Oconto County
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – More than 60 cats were rescued from “deplorable conditions” at a home in Oconto County, according to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
WHS said they are now caring for 42 of the cats between their Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Ozaukee campuses. More cats were taken to the Oconto Area Humane Society to be cared for.
The Humane Society said every cat needed medical attention and most had issues ranging from missing eyes to ear, eye, and skin infections. WHS says many of the cats are shy and afraid of people having been deprived of proper care for so long.
The Wisconsin Humane Society says Alliance Insurance Centers in Green Bay is matching donations for the care of the cats up to 2,500. Donations can be made online at wihumane.org/donate or by calling 414-431-6119.
For those interested in adopting one of the cats, WHS says to keep an eye on their website at wihumane.org/adopt. Some of the cats are expected to be medically cleared later this week; others may need weeks of care before they are healthy enough for adoption.
WHS says if you believe someone is struggling with animal hoarding, it’s important to reach out for help. It’s a serious mental health problem that can quickly spiral out of control, affecting not only the animals, but the owners, their families, and community. Call your local law enforcement, animal welfare organization, health department or mental health agency for supportive resources.