Shelter needs money for rescued cats’ vet bills

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Fuzzy, Stuby and Clementine are still a little shy. The three cats are the first of 50 rescued from a hoarder’s home in Johnstown to be put up for adoption at the Cambria County Humane Society.

“This is the largest load of animals we had gotten. It was a difficult situation. We’re a humane society so we’re there to help for the animals,” said David Pundzak, the shelter’s cat room supervisor.

The shelter was already at capacity with 30 cats, but workers said they wouldn’t turn away the animals.

“As intimidated as we were, we knew it was something we had to do,” said Jessica Vamos, the executive director of the Cambria County Humane Society.

They found extra cages and used a spare room to house all 80 cats. More kittens are on the way: several of the rescued cats are pregnant.

Clementine, Stuby and Fuzzy are the first of the rescues ready for adoption because they’re starting to social with humans. It may take a few days or weeks before the others cats that were rescued are socialized enough for adoption. Vamos said workers will monitor the cats daily to see how they’re adjusting.

Some of the other ones were really scared. They’re living in their litter boxes under blankets. They’re not really socialized yet,” said Pundzak.

The shelter needs money to pay for veterinarian bills and flea and heartworm medication.

“Our financial burden could range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. It’s hard to say,” said Vamos.

Shelter workers said caring for a cat, or any pet, is a big responsibility.

“When you’re getting a pet, it’s like 7-20 years. It’s a serious commitment,” Pundzak said.

Workers said the cats’ new owners should be prepared to properly care for the animals.

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