SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 80 cats were found inside a one-bedroom apartment in Berkshire County last Tuesday.

According to a news release sent to 22News from Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, the animal shelter assisted in two separate hoarding cases. On Tuesday, August 1st, the organization brought back several of the more than 80 cats found inside a one-bedroom apartment in Berkshire County to their facility to provide care.

On Saturday, August 5th Dakin assisted animal control in Hampden County with the intake of over 30 cats and kittens, several of them Siamese and Ragdoll breeds. Dakin brought back 21 cats to their facility to provide care.

According to Dakin’s Executive Director Meg Talbert, “It’s very unusual that Dakin responded to two hoarding cases just days apart, but it’s a vital part of our mission to answer the needs of our community.  Cats that come from these circumstances tend to be very shy, and are typically not confident or social around people for what may be just an initial period, or for their entire lives.  They’re perfectly happy to have a home with a cat companion or two.  They’re very special animals, and we’re hoping that people will open their hearts and homes to them.”

Lee Chambers from Dakin Humane Society says they are all looking for new homes, “It’s a good size collection of cats and we are hoping that folks might consider adoption or if they want to make a gift of any size to help offset some significant expenditures in getting them well and getting them going.”

The cats are getting their medical and behavioral evaluations and some of the newborn kittens and cats are being put into foster homes. Dakin has created an online form to collect contact information for potential adopters and those rescued have reduced adoption fees and some of them have been waived. For more information visit DakinHumane.org.

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