WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Four weeks after being rescued from a Woodcliff Lake home, 14 cats are being nursed back to health at Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland and are in need of permanent homes.
The cats are in good health, up to date on their vaccinations and have been spayed and neutered, RBARI official Amy Hofer told Daily Voice.
The plight of the 16 cats began when the home owner took in a mother and her kittens earlier this year. None were altered and so they bred.
The owner ended up with 15 cats, plus a 16th, Gabby, who she found outside.
"When RBARI was notified to remove the cats from the house we were astonished at the abominable living conditions that these cats were left to live in," Hofer said. "It was a seemingly impossible situation.
Despite the "deplorable" conditions of the home, their owner did love them and care for them to the best of her ability, Hofer said.
The owner was removed for considerable health issues but officials are still trying to trap two elusive cats in the home, according to Hofer.
"These are sweet, gentle cats that have faced a difficult life and now need love and security," Hofer said.
RBARI is also accepting donations toward the cats' medical care, which has amounted to thousands of dollars.
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