Humane Society rescues more than 50 cats from hoarding situation

A Humane Society of Madison County staff member feeds one of the kittens the shelter rescued from a hoarding situation.

(Posted July 6, 2021)

The following is a letter to the editor from the Humane Society of Madison County.

The Humane Society of Madison County is facing some major challenges right now and needs the public’s help. We have many animals that need medical care and housing.

The first situation involves more than 50 cats we rescued from a hoarding situation where they were living in deplorable conditions. We were already over capacity prior to the rescue, due to it being kitten season and the many mamas and babies that have needed care. Now, with these additional cats and kittens, we are in desperate need of supplies, including:

• paper towels;
• litter (both clumping and non-clump);
• Fancy Feast canned kitten food;
• any type of canned adult cat food;
• Purina dry adult and kitten food; and
• monetary donations for veterinary care.

We also need adoptive homes for the cats and kittens already in our care and eventually for the cats and kittens we removed from the hoarding situation.

We also have been hit hard financially in our dog section. We are providing medical care for:

• four dogs who have tested positive for heartworm disease;
• a dog who was rescued after it had been tied to a truck and abandoned. He had a broken leg and required surgery;
• a small dog that our veterinarian, due to the injuries, believes was thrown from a car. The dog has received numerous stitches and medical treatment and is recovering at the shelter; and
• a beautiful, large dog that came in with severe skin, ear, and eye medical conditions.

Many of the more than 50 cats and kittens the Humane Society rescued from a hoarding situation have needed medical attention. These photos show two of the kittens before and after treatment.

Staff and volunteers have been working hard, feeding and cleaning the animals and their kennels, administering medication and treatments, and trying to keep up with the never-ending dishwashing and laundry. Because of the seriousness of so many of these recent cases, we need to ask for help.

For those who would like to help save some lives with a monetary donation, go to our website at and click the donate button on the home page. Cash donations can be made at the shelter during normal business hours. Checks can be mailed to: HSMC, 2020 St. Rt. 142 NE, West Jefferson, OH 43162.

Thank you for your support. We can’t do it without you!

For more information, call the shelter at (614) 879-8368 or click on the “contact us” link at the bottom page on our website.


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