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Dozens of cats found in hoarder's trailer, animal shelter now needs help caring for them

If you can't adopt, then consider donating to help the shelter look after the cats.
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They have 540 lives between them, and new homes are now needed for the dozens of cats found at a hoarder's trailer home near Superior, Wisconsin.

Concerns were raised by a utility company who did some work at the trailer this past December, telling the Humane Society of Douglas County they were worried about the welfare of the owner and the "many" cats inside.

When you hear "many" relating to cats in a trailer, you may think maybe eight, nine? No, in this case more than 60 cats have been removed from the trailer – including a new litter of kittens, the Humane Society says.

The Superior Telegram reports that the owner agreed to surrender the cats this past week, prompting the cats to be moved to the humane society's shelter.

Suddenly flooded with felines, the society has launched an effort to raise $5,000 to help pay for their care, treatment and upkeep, as well as people who would be willing to adopt them, according to its YouCaring page.

The cats vary in age from 1-16 and some have medical issues, such as upper respiratory infections from the poorly ventilated trailer, as well as ear mites and sight/dental problems – while all have to be spayed or neutered, so they need every cent they can get their hands on to treat the cats.

As for prospective owners, the society says most of the cats would be suited for a "barn home environment because they have not been socialized nor do they use litter boxes."

"These cats just need to be out, hunting,"shelter director Sheila Keup told the Telegram. The newspaper notes that no charges have been filed against the 65-year-old trailer owner, who is said to be co-operating with authorities.

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More on animal hoarding

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that animal hoarder's possess more than the typical number of companion pets, are unable to provide minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation or care, and are often in denial about their inability to provide care for the animals.

Studies into animal hoarding have found that some begin collecting after suffering a traumatic event or loss, while others see themselves as "rescuers" saving animals from lives on the street.

Some also gave mental issues, such as attachment disorders, paranoia, delusional thinking or depression.

You can read more about animal hoarding, how to recognize it and how to deal with it here.

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