After residents from one Centerport home had abruptly been evicted, neighbors eventually realized that over 20 cats were left abandoned in the dilapidated, run down house. For over two weeks the cats had been left to try and survive on their own. While empty food and water bowls, and litter boxes lined with old soiled newspaper were all that was left, the cats were forced to escape through a broken basement window in search of food and water and return to the house for shelter afterwards.
“These cats were all scared and living in the only home they knew, but there was feces and urine as far as the eye could see and nose could smell” said David Ceely, executive director of Little Shelter, the managing organization for the Huntington Cat Shelter. “The neighbors were very kind to help us feed and water these poor cats until we were able to trap and help them all” added Ceely
The cat shelter was called once the new owner of the property started to access the home to start clean-up and renovation of the residence that had fallen into complete disrepair.
Ceely explained that once he entered the house with his trappers, cats scattered everywhere and as he observed the heartbreaking conditions he also noticed a stove top burner had been left on. “I couldn’t believe my eyes, that gas burner had to have been running for weeks, this nightmare situation could have had an even worse outcome than it did” commented Ceely.
Now that all the cats from the situation have been trapped, they are all being medically evaluated, including testing, vaccinating, spaying or neutering and Micro-chipping.
The Huntington cat shelter, located at 104 Deposit Road in East Northport NY, will start putting the cats up for adoption at an adoption event this Memorial Day weekend, May 25th and 26th between the hours of 9am and 4pm both days.
Donations are also needed to help offset the cost of the medical care and can be made in person at the shelter or at www.Huntingtoncatshelter.org.