July 16, 2011


SPCA: Cats seized in June raid need homes

16 of the 30 cats taken from a Water Street home remain up for adoption at shelter

SPCAJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
SPCA shelter worker Karina Cochran pets “Rumba,” one of the cats seized from 17 Water St. in Cortland during an animal seizure on June 2.

Staff Reporter

A visitor to the Cortland Community Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will likely be greeted by a lanky, shaggy haired black and white cat named “Tango,” purring and asking to be pat.
Or a shy, black and white Manx, named “Hokey Pokey” may catch their eye, as she sits on a high perch watching the room from a safe distance.
They are two of the 16 cats up for adoption at the SPCA after they were taken from a Water Street home in Cortland in early June.
Cortland SPCA Manager Sandy Snyder displayed the cats’ quirky personalities on Friday, stressing the need to adopt them.
The cats are all healthy and in need of loving homes, she said.
The SPCA rescued 30 cats from the house after their owner was hospitalized and the crowded and unclean conditions within the house were discovered by first responders.
All the cats have been tested for feline leukemia and found to be negative, after the disease claimed 11 of the group shortly after the rescue. Three were adopted.
Snyder named all the cats after dances because she wants a happy theme and a happy ending for the group that had a sad start.
“Now it is up to the community to decide to adopt or donate for their care while they are here,” Snyder said.
She added that the center has received many generous donations from the public since the case was publicized, but she said those only go so far. Now the cats are filling the shelter and in need of homes.
“As long as the adoption floor is full we can’t take in cats from the community,” Snyder said.
The cats are not being placed as quickly as hoped because they are all full grown, something that can deter prospective adopters. But full grown cats have their benefits, said Snyder.
With a grown cat, you know the personality of the cat you are getting, she said.
The cats have to learn to trust their owners, she said, stressing that the animals are still going through an adjustment period. One painfully shy cat, named “Hip-Hop,” was found in a locked cupboard weeks after the rescue operation and is the newest to the shelter.
A gray cat with green eyes, Hip-Hop peers out from beneath a towel, the only place he feels safe. This cat would not be adoptable for people with small children but rather for a quiet home with a patient owner, Snyder said.
The adoption fee for the cats has been reduced to $20 from the standard $30 fee. They have all been wormed, deflead, received full dental care and distemper and rabies shots. They are all neutered and spayed and in good health, Snyder said.
The cats can be adopted out as a pair in a “two for one” deal, she said, adding they seem to all get along and feel comfortable being together.
There is one kitten available for adoption amid the group and only three female cats while the rest are male. Two of the females are housed together, preferring their separate corners of the cage, while two males also caged together snuggle together. Many of the cats roam free in the cage-lined adoption room, jumping off their perches to greet visitors or ambling up to one another to play.
“We don’t have 1,000 cages and we are a no-kill shelter. So we are full until they are adopted,” Snyder said, adding that anyone who calls to place a cat now will be put on a waiting list.


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