PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nearly 100 cats rescued from Klamath Falls arrived at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland Monday, and they’ll be available for adoption later this week.
The 95 cats were rescued after authorities found them in horrific conditions earlier this month. Klamath County Animal Control requested the assistance of OHS because no other shelter in the state could handle such a huge influx of animals.
The rescue is being called one of the largest pet rescues in Oregon history.
“We’re hoping to find homes for these cats as soon as possible, even if it puts a major strain on our shelter,” OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon said in a press release. “Fighting animal cruelty in Oregon is a top priority of OHS.”
Officers are looking to charge the cats’ previous owner with 98 counts of felony animal neglect. When authorities arrived at the home on June 15, they reported an overwhelming presence of cat urine and feces found in overfilled cat boxes. The floor was reportedly stained with fresh and dried feces, diarrhea, vomit and urine.
Animal control officers used 3 trucks and a large trailer to take the cats to East Ridge Veterinary Hospital for medical checks.
OHS said the cats will be up for adoption starting Thursday. They will reduce the adoption fees of all cats at the shelter to 95 cents from June 25 – 28.
About 20-30 cats are expected to be placed in foster care, and another 20 will be transferred to the Cat Adoption Team in Sherwood. They will also offer 95 cent adoptions beginning Thursday.