Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation
A woman living on the south side had a problem with squirrels in her yard, so she called an area wildlife rescue shelter. But when the volunteer recognized that the woman also had a personal problem with collecting cats, he intervened.
Jim Graham said the house was a disaster.
"It was pretty bad. Everything was ruined, saturated with urine and feces, with 27 cats. It was a disaster area basically," Graham said.
Usually an animal hoarder only gets help after a search warrant allows animal care workers inside the home to seize the animals.
In this case, the woman has agreed to get the help she needs and give up most of the cats. She's seeing a psychologist, and a number of volunteers will help her clean up the house.
Many of the cats are now up for adoption. You can click the link above to see descriptions of some of the cats available.