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60 cats need new homes after owner dies


The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is trying to find homes for the nearly 60 cats it rescued from one house, after their owner, an elderly woman, died.

The maximum capacity at the Dubuque Humane Society is usually 60, but director of operations Pete Murphy said the shelter now has nearly 80 cats.

"It takes our full-time staff here at least four hours to get every cage clean," he said.

Murphy said things probably just got out of hand in this cat-hoarding case.

"Certainly, this lady didn't think, when she took in one or two cats, that it would get up to 60, so spaying and neutering your cats, dogs is so, so important," Murphy said. "They can make so many babies so quickly, that it gets overwhelming."

To get the cats to good homes, fast, the humane society is offering a special $25 adoption price, instead of the regular price of about $100.

"The $25 includes spay/neuter, rabies shot, a distemper shot, a de-worming," Murphy said.

There's an option to help even if somebody doesn't want a cat.

"They're a cat lover, they have too many cats already, they can certainly come on out, pay the $25 adoption fee, and we can find a farm or a home for that cat to go into," Murphy said.

All the rescued cats are young adults, so they still have plenty of their nine lives.

The cats will be available at the special $25 adoption price Friday at noon through Sunday. This price applies to any adult cat at the shelter, not just the ones rescued from the woman's house.

The cats are available at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, as well as its Kennedy Mall location and PETCO in Dubuque.

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