Money being raised for rescued cats from Royal Oak hoarder

Woman raises money for cats rescued from hoarder.

It was a house of horrors: Dozens of animals were rescued from a home in Royal Oak.

Eighty-four cats and seven dogs were rescued from the house at the end of September. Since then, Oakland County Animal Control has been scrambling to find shelter for the influx of animals put them over capacity.

"When we first got the cats, they looked okay," said Mark Newman, director of public services. "Until they started being checked by the vet, we didn't realize the situation."

The situation was bad - five cats and one dog were so sick they had to be put down. The other cats had ringworm and respiratory issues - and nobody could take the cats.

"The phone calls we made to over 50 rescues, none of them could help," Newman said. "They were full or whatever the other reasons were."

Then a couple of rescues stepped forward, asking to remain anonymous. Luv-N-Care Animal Hospital in Southfield has taken care of dozens of cats and another anonymous rescue has been picking up the tab.  It's not cheap, which is why Jennifer Holcomb has started a GoFundMe page.

"Please donate, every little penny helps," she said. "And share, try to get the word out there that these cats deserve a second chance - they need a new home."

Every penny she raises will go to the vet bill. As for the animals, they are being placed with rescues and as for the homeowners, police say they are not seeking charges but contacted Adult Protective Services to help them.

If you'd like to help with the care of those cats' vet bills, CLICK HERE for the GoFundMe. 


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