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Raleigh shelter looks for community help for rescued cats

Posted August 5, 2015

SAFE Haven for Cats is looking for donations for 34 cats who were rescued in an animal hoarding case
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— A Raleigh no-kill shelter is looking for community support to care for cats rescued during one of the largest cases of animal hoarding.

SAFE Haven for Cats was entrusted with the care and rehabilitation of 23 cats and 11 kittens, some as young as 24-hours old, after more than 150 animals found living in unsanitary conditions in a Chatham County home were removed.

The nonprofit organization is now trying to raise money through donations to pay for medical care for the cats before finding permanent homes for the animals.

“We know some of the cats in our care are in need of more serious medical attention,” said SAFE Haven Executive Director Pam Miller. “One cat has a growth in his ear causing a severe infection, and many need extensive dental work. To provide the proper care these cats need, we expect medical costs to reach the tens of thousands.”

The SAFE Haven for Cats veterinary team will spend the next few weeks getting the cats and kittens ready for adoption. All of the animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they are available to the public.

“We know that these cats will need loving homes and special families,” said SAFE Haven Associate Director Sherri Orner. “Our adoption counselors will match families and individuals with cats that fit their personality and needs.”

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