August 17th, 2012: The emergency began with a call to VT-CAN! Spay & Neuter Clinic about a cat population that was out of control: an estimated 40 cats and kittens living together at the residence in question.
VT-CAN! responded to the call, and upon seeing the dire situation these cats were in, immediately began working to bring them to safety. Rescuers were literally pulling kittens out of the walls, where their moms had crawled to give birth. It was then that the true extent of the problem was confirmed: instead of 40 cats, there were more than 70.
CVHS stepped up, setting up an emergency "shelter within a shelter" for these desperate felines. Within a week, all 70+ cats were removed from the hoarding property and delivered to the care of CVHS.
Dozens of cats and kittens arriving at the emergency shelter in the CVHS meeting room
Some came in dehydrated, and others had infections. One of the infant kittens had a severe infection from two cuterebras (large bot-fly larvae lodged under the skin). All the cats were very thin and malnourished, especially the nursing mothers.
What had seemed a dark future for these cats became a lot brighter upon their arrival at CVHS. But rescue is only half the battle, as we continue to heal these sick and scared animals and help them find loving, forever homes.