DEDHAM – The Animal Rescue League of Boston removed 67 cats from a South Shore home last week and more than half of them have already been adopted.
The cats were taken in after a resident called asking for help, Associate Director of Community Operations Sam Fincke said.
The Animal Rescue League is withholding the name of the resident and declined to name the town.
Of the 67 cats removed from the house, 37 have already been adopted. One cat was returned to the person who sought help.
On Wednesday, Nov. 24, there were no cats available for adoption, although many are expected to be available soon, once they are spayed or neutered.
"Cats in group housing situations are usually a little shyer, but these cats were friendly, and we were lucky to move forward so quickly with adoptions," Fincke said.
Most of the cats were 3 years old or younger, and a lot were 1-year-olds, born during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"For the most part, they were in really good health, but some had upper respiratory infections, which is really common when you have that many living together," Fincke said.
The pandemic has made it harder for people to access veterinary care for cats, including spay and neutering services, and the shelter system has seen a slight increase in the number of "accidental litters," she said.
While 67 cats is the most the Animal Rescue League has accept from a single household this year, it is not the organization's largest surrendering event.
Anyone who might have too many cats, dogs or other animals, wants to surrender a litter of kittens, report a cat colony, or otherwise ask for help, can call the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 617-426-9170.
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