Contact: Lisa Bloch
34 “Tuxedo” Cats and Kittens Abandoned at Marin Humane Society
Shelter inundated as mysterious party leaves boxes of cats and kittens for the fifth time
NOVATO, September 6, 2016—For the fifth time in the past four years, a large group of cats and kittens was anonymously abandoned in cardboard boxes outside the Marin Humane Society (MHS) in the middle of the night. The 34 felines are believed to be from the same group of people who’ve abandoned cats at MHS four previous times.
The Marin Humane Society is extremely busy vaccinating, microchipping, spaying/neutering, and medically and behaviorally evaluating these 34 cats in addition to its already-full shelter. To help alleviate the overcrowding, MHS is waiving the adoption fee for all adult cats until the end of September.
MHS staff quickly realized this group of cats and kittens was related to the previous ones as most are black and white “tuxedo” cats. In total, more than 130 of these cats have been abandoned at the shelter over the last four years. None appear to have been spayed or neutered.
Footage taken from security cameras shows a vehicle pulling up to the shelter and three individuals offloading the boxes of cats however identifying information is not clear. As before, a note was left on one of the boxes asking the shelter to find them homes.
“No one will be held liable or be in trouble for abandoning the cats but we’re hopeful the responsible party will get in touch with us to provide needed information,” said Lisa Bloch, spokesperson for the Marin Humane Society. “While we’re grateful the kitties are safe with us, we want to find out who’s responsible for the overbreeding so we can offer assistance – for any cats remaining and for the people involved. If left unaltered, cats can be prolific breeders.”
While finding adopters for these cats is key, financial support is also essential. Readying them for adoption can cost the independent, nonprofit organization at least $500 each. Because of this, for the first time, those who donate more than $500 to the shelter can have the opportunity to name one of these special kitties. To learn more, call 415.506.6259 or visit MarinHumaneSociety.org/34tuxcats.
The Marin Humane Society offers myriad community services including animal adoptions, humane education, behavior and training, pet assistance for people in need, lost and found services, and more. MHS is a local, independent organization and not affiliated with any national organization. The main campus is located at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd in Novato, CA and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 415.506.6225 or visit MarinHumaneSociety.org.
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