146 Cats Seized From Ontario Home During Routine Eviction

Kitties are ready for adoption after cat hoarding case uncovered

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Credit: Facebook / Welland & District Humane Society


The Welland and District Humane Society in Ontario, Canada shut down for a whole day to spay, neuter, and vaccinate 146 cats seized from a single home. On February 8th,  Niagara Regional Police evicted a couple and changed the locks on their home. When they opened the doors, there were cats everywhere.

The Humane Society rushed in to collect the cats and bring them back to the the Welland location. Most of the cats are juveniles and kittens, along with several in various stages of pregnancy. In fact, three cats were born on the trip from the house to the Humane Society!

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Credit: Facebook / Welland & District Humane Society

The Humane Society’s executive director, John Greer, believes that this is a case of hoarding animals. Animal control officers opened an investigation and if it uncovers a mental health issue, no charges will be laid against the couple.


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A local photographer took some gorgeous shots of the kitties to help their adoption process!

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, every year about 250,000 animals are victims of human hoarding. Without proper care or access to adequate veterinary help, animal hoarding can have deadly consequences.

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Cats breed rather rapidly and populations can quickly grow out of control. This is why it’s important to spay or neuter the cats in your care.  The Welland cats were found “pretty” healthy with only some weight issues and upper respiratory concerns.


Credit: Facebook / Welland & District Humane Society

Though the Welland and District Humane Society were low on adoption options for kitties at their location prior to this eviction, there are now too many cats to keep. The Fort Erie SPCA took 30 and 15 made their way to a satellite location at the Seaway Mall.

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Credit: Facebook / Stacy Hayward Photography

Greer says that most of the cats are “human friendly” and socialized. And they are ready for adoption right now! Are you in the area and looking to adopt a new family member? Contact the Welland and District Humane Society to meet your kitty!