PHOTOS: 63 cats taken from South Austin home

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A South Austin family with ‘good intentions’ became unable to care for 63 cats after being evicted from their home. On Friday, they surrendered the cats to the Austin Animal Center.

“Although this family started with good intentions, it was clear the cats’ owner was overwhelmed and unable to properly care for such a large number of animals.” said Mark Sloat, Field Services Program Manager.

Austin Animal Center veterinarians found that none of the cats had been vaccinated or sterilized, which resulted in a large number of kittens being taken in. The vets are working to examine each cat and give them the medical attention they need.

Due to the large number of cats taken in, over 200 older cats and kittens at the center need to be moved out or fostered. The center is running an adoption special through September 26 to help with that task.

Interested in a new feline companion or friend for one you already own? You can do so with the ‘name your own adoption fee’ event.

“If you adopt a pet from any Austin shelter this weekend, you will be saving a life. All of our shelters are extremely full and we need the city’s support. We can only help each other if you adopt” says Chief Animal Services Officer, Tawny Hammond.

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