Humane society seeing more hoarding cases

Humane society seeing more hoarding cases

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Northeast Arkansas Humane Society has been getting several calls about animal hoarding cases in Region 8.

On Saturday, Region 8 News reported on an animal cruelty case that the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society says is the worst they have ever worked. This case was out of Corning where a homeowner was hoarding over 40 animals in her home. So far, the Humane Society has rescued 37 cats and one dog but they will return this week to collect even more cats. 

"Today alone I've been contacted about three," said NEA Humane Society Executive Director, Margaret Shepherd. "They're 50 to 60 cats, I think the lowest one they estimate is 35.”

She said animal hoarding cases have really picked up over the past week and she expects even more cases to come to light. The NEA Humane Society is currently housing over 46 cats. 

"In the past, people haven't known who to call and it's not that we can perform to every single one," Shepherd said. 

After getting a call, Shepherd visits the house to see how many cats are in need of rescue. She said they provide traps and medication for the animals but their resources and funds are limited. They call on people to foster cats and dogs until they are adopted out but Shepherd said all the homes are full. 

"I would really love for anybody who has space in their home or their heart to foster these babies for us for a little while," she said. 

Shepherd is currently applying for grants to help with their expenses and veterinary costs. She said every animal rescued must be checked out by a veterinarian then kept at the shelter for at least two weeks. 

"They're given medication to kill fleas, we start their de-worming we kind of assess their behavior and also give them their first vaccines," she said. 

The NEA Humane Society also offers low cost spay and neuters for dogs and cats.

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