Hobart shelter staggers under cat-astrophe

2013-08-10T17:30:00Z 2013-08-10T23:56:07Z Hobart shelter staggers under cat-astropheBill Dolan bill.dolan@nwi.com, (219) 662-5328 nwitimes.com
August 10, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

HOBART | Like a reality show based on Disney's "101 Dalmatians," the Humane Society of Hobart finds itself having to herd 34 cats someone dropped on its doorstep late last week.

That number is not a typo, said Emily Koskela, kennel assistant.

"There were three adults, the rest are babies. This happens about twice or three times a year. It's always the same kind of cats. They just kind of get left at the door."

She said Hobart police will study the shelter's video surveillance system to identify the anonymous cat donor.

"We would just like to know who it is, to help them spay the ones they have so that cycle could end for them," Koskela said.

She said the recurring cat drop may be driven by a desire to avoid outright rejection or a fee charged to owners who surrender their pets for adoption.

"All of the shelters are bursting at the seems with cats. Today, we are at 160 animals, and we only have 25 dogs. There is no room for cats anywhere," she said.

This has put the Humane Society in dire need of supplies such as cat and kitten food (all brown varieties are best to avoid because of sensitive stomachs), nonclumping litter and old towels for bedding.

She said some of the new cats are sick and are being treated if possible. Some just need a little socialization and some are "just fine."

She said the shelter likely will have an adoption special, $10 for a spayed cat. She said the shelter only euthanizes animals that are too ill or too aggressive.

"We are OK. It's just a lot of extra crates have to be pulled out, but we make do."

The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call the shelter at (219) 942-0103.

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