SPENCER, W.Va. -- Roane County Animal Shelter officials are currently assessing what to do with 125 cats they received from an area man on Monday.
All of the cats came from one Roane County household and are mostly healthy and trained to use a litter box, according to Sandy Bush, the shelter's manager.
"It was someone who had their heart in the right place, and it got out of hand and they reached out to us for help," Bush said of the previous owner, who wished to remain anonymous. "The cats were very well taken care of."
About 100 of the cats are being housed in steel cages -- with two to four cats per cage, while about 20 kittens have been quarantined in a separate room due to upper respiratory infections.
"We don't have enough room, but we're trying to manage. Right now, we are focusing on adopting and rescuing as many as we can. Most of the cats are very friendly, but they're scared. They're not used to this," Bush said. "It's going to be hard until we get some extra cages and some more help."
Although the shelter had to euthanize 91 cats in May, that most likely will not happen to those cats the man had sent to the shelter Monday, according to shelter staff member Susan Lyons.
"About 90 percent of euthanized cats are feral, meaning they have been living in the wild and are not adoptable. For the most part, these cats are healthy and have the potential to find a loving home," she said. "We are one of the few places that even offers adoptions for cats."
The shelter is working with multiple rescue agencies in and out of the state that are willing to take some of the cats, and they've already received more than $400 in donations from locals.