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Wanted: Homes for 130 Cats

Shelter seeks foster and adoptive homes for more than 100 cats and kittens



    A Grand Prairie shelter is looking for homes for lots of extra paws.

    A pet owner surrendered 130 cats and kittens Tuesday to the city's Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

    The shelter is looking for adoptive and foster homes for the cats. The city is also asking other shelters with room to take some of the animals.

    "We're hoping the community really turns out in DFW to help find homes for all of these cats," city spokeswoman Amy Sprinkles said.

    130 Cats Surrendered by Owner Need Homes

    [DFW] 130 Cats Surrendered by Owner Need Homes
    A Grand Prairie homeowner has given up 130 cats and kittens to a city animal shelter.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010)

    She said it's "absolutely" possible for the all of the cats to be adopted. All of the furry felines are healthy, "very, very polite" and "very well-mannered," Sprinkles said.

    Sprinkles said the Arlington Animal Shelter has already taken the 30 kittens that were among the surrendered felines. Prairie Paws can only keep 20 of the cats at the shelter for adoption and is hunting for homes or other shelters for the remaining 80 animals.

    Sprinkles said city officials had been working with the cats' owner for some time. She called the surrender an ideal resolution to the situation, saying a seizure is not a good situation for anyone.

    "The owner knew they needed help, and when you love your animals, it's just heartbreak to know that you need help and you need homes for your animals," she said.

    How did the owner end up with more than 100 cats?

    "When you love your animals and they're not spayed or neutered, nature takes its course and before you know it, things have gotten out of control," Sprinkles said. "But you still love them all and you can't bear to part with them one-by-one, as they continue adding to your home. And then before you know it, you're in trouble, and you've got too many."

    Owners need to spay and neuter their pets, she said.

    "You've got to spay and neuter your animals if you're going to be a responsible pet owner," Sprinkles said.

    The Prairie Paws Animal Shelter is located at 2222 West Warrior Trail in Grand Prairie. For information on adopting any of the cats, call 972-237-8575.

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