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71 cats, kittens rescued near Squamish - News 1130

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The cats, kittens were found in cupboards, under the seats in two motorhomes

The BC SPCA says the cats are friendly, not ready for adoption yet

SQUAMISH (NEWS 1130) — Seventy-one cats and kittens have been seized by the BC SPCA from a property near Squamish where they were living in “a hoarding situation.”

The felines were living in two motorhomes on a rural property, according to the agency.

“The cats and kittens were being kept in unsanitary conditions with high levels of ammonia from urine, lack of proper ventilation and feces piled up in their living space,” says Eileen Drever, BC SPCA senior officer of protection and stakeholder relations.

Describing the crowded conditions, Driver goes on to say animals were found “under furniture in the trailers, in cupboards, under the driver and passenger seats and under the dashboard.”

Several of the female cats were found to be pregnant, and seven kittens have been born since the animals were taken into the care of the SPCA. Some of the health issues the animals are having include respiratory infection and giardia, which is a disease caused by a parasite found commonly in feces.

While the cats aren’t yet available for adoption, they are mostly “friendly and accepting of human attention,” the BC SPCA continues, adding “a few of them are fearful, but they are coming around.”

The BC SPCA is fundraising to help care for the kitties.

“As you can imagine, a seizure of this size puts a tremendous strain on our resources,” says Drever. “We want to ensure that these poor animals get all the care and attention that they need and deserve.”