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Cat Depot Rescues 12 in Hoarding Case

Oct 12, 2011 12:06PM

Cat Depot is helping with one of the largest hoarding situations in the country. Nearly 700 cats were seized from Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, outside of Gainesville, Florida, in June. The Humane Society of the United States, working with Alachua County Animal Services, PetSmart Charities©, the Alachua Humane Society and The Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, are seeking help with approximately 550 cats remaining.

Cat Depot accepted 12 cats, all facing euthanasia, from Helping Hands Rescue by way of Operation Catnip, freeing up Helping Hands to take a dozen cats from Haven Acres.

“This is a team effort,” said Executive Director, Shelley Thayer. “No one organization can handle 550 cats. This is a great example of how multiple organizations in Florida can work together for the benefit of the animals.”

Cat Depot is at an all-time high with over 150 cats and kittens. There has never been a better time to adopt, or more beautiful cats and kittens to choose from, including purebreds, Siamese, Ragdolls and a Cheeto! Donations are greatly needed for the additional costs of medical care and food, and volunteers are needed every morning to help clean cages.

To donate, volunteer or become a member and support Cat Depot’s mission of saving lives, please visit or call 941-366-2404. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street in Sarasota and is open daily, M-F, 11am to 7pm, S-S, 11am to 5pm.

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