When Animal Control in Columbus County, North Carolina went into the home of a local cat hoarder they expected to find between 50-75 cats needing rescue. More than 100 cats were rescued, creating a burden on the Whiteville shelter already caring for their maximum number of 100 cats.
People.com heard about the emergency situation taking place at the shelter and decided to feature one of the rescued cats on the adoption page of their online website. A playful young silver beauty was chosen as their ‘Adoptable Pet of the Week.’
Columbus County Animal Control director Joey Prince told People that Boots came into the shelter ‘flea-ridden and underfed.’ Boots has since made a full recovery and loves to play with toys. When she’s not entertaining herself, Boots enjoys relaxing in a cat hammock provided for the shelter cats.
The woman involved in the cat hoarding case had been providing food and water for the cats, but very little vetting. It’s believed she started out with good intentions but was overwhelmed.
The shelter is calling on the public to help the cats by donating food and clay litter (Their address is: Columbus County Animal Control, 288 Legion Drive, Whiteville NC 28472).
Anyone who can foster a cat or is interested in adopting Boots or another deserving cat is asked to contact Columbus County Animal Control at 910-641-3945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The shelter has also extended its hours from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to give all of their cats a better chance at adoption.