Cats in Gilbert hoarding situation now available for adoption

PHOENIX - The 79 cats that were confined in a Gilbert home will be available for adoption beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

The cats were removed from a hoarding situation earlier this week and vary in age, size, color and hair length. The majority of the cats are orange tabby and brown/black tabby with short hair.

The cats are available at the West Valley Animal Care Center, near Lower Buckeye Road and 27th Avenue, for a no-cost adoption. Each cat must be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter which may result in the animal staying at the shelter a couple of extra days after adoption.

The shelter is putting these cats up for adoption because many people have asked about them but they warn future adopters that the cats are not well-socialized.

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The shelter also warns people that three out of 14 cats tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. These viruses have no cure and can be transmitted to other cats but not to humans or other animals.

The shelter cannot afford to test all of the animals so they urge adopters to pay $35 so the shelter can test them before they leave.

For more information on the cats, the adoption process and the shelter, visit the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control website here or their Facebook page.

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