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More than 40 cats abandoned in Dubuque

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Staff at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society showed up to work Sunday morning to an unexpected drop-off.

"The kittens were in boxes right here in front of our sign," said Melissa Palfrey, director of marketing. "They were left overnight, and we discovered them Sunday morning."

Seven boxes were filled with more than 40 cats and kittens. Some escaped and roamed the property.

"We were of course shocked," added Palfrey.

So far, 36 felines have been rescued, but staff say they're still looking for more. Monday morning, they found another one under the hood of a car, but it ran away.

Staff and volunteers have been putting in long hours to examine their conditions. "The majority of them had ear mites, all of them had fleas, so we have separated them from our general population."

About another ten have been isolated for more serious health problems, such as respiratory infections.

Although a a challenging task, staff say they are happy the cats are getting the care they deserve. "You know, we're just glad they've come to us and we've had the ability to care for all of them."

The friendly felines are not ready to be adopted just yet, but the Dubuque Regional Humane Society hopes people in the community will open their homes to foster some of them. 

Their capacity for cats is 51 -- at the moment, they are caring for 85 cats.

They could also use donations such as pate and KMR, non-clumping litter, cat nip, and paper towels for cleansing. . 

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