Oakland Animal Services is seeking assistance to place cats rescued from a hoarding situation.
On October 27, 2011, OAS served a search warrant on a West Oakland residence as part of an animal cruelty investigation and rescued 93 cats and two dogs from the 1500-square-foot home. Many of the cats were in poor health and suffered from the effects of overcrowding and lack of medical care. The owner has been charged with felony animal neglect.
The rescued cats and two dogs have been housed at Oakland Animal Services at 1101 29th Ave. since October. This week, the Superior Court of the State of California ruled that the cats no longer need to be held as evidence for the criminal case.
“We are excited to now be able to find as many homes and transfer placements for these cats as possible,” said Oakland Animal Services Director, Megan Webb.
Oakland Animal Services hopes to adopt out the friendly and social cats and to find rescue groups to take the scared and less social cats into their programs – many of these will likely blossom from one-on-one attention in a home.
“Many of the cats who were less social and shut down when they arrived at Oakland Animal Services have begun to come out of their shells with the socialization and attention they have been getting from our staff and volunteers,” added Webb. Some cats will need expensive dental procedures in order to make them ready for adoption. Local nonprofit organizations such as Friends of Oakland Animal Services and Cat Town have offered to help pay for these treatments. If you are interested in learning more about placement options for these cats, please contact OAS at 510.535.4883.