TL;DR: The Homeless Cat Management Team is asking for fosters, as well as donations to help support the care of nearly 40 cats removed from abandoned house in Brookline. Information on donation at the bottom.
For those who haven't heard, on Monday and Tuesday, Homeless Cat Management Team, alerted by a neighbor, joined with police and humane officers to remove 39 emaciated cats from a home in Brookline. In addition, one dead kitten was found in the basement, and 11 more were found in the trash. The home owner had moved out before Easter.
Neighbors, alerted to the situation by at least one starving cat who'd squeezed out a window, had been trying to feed the cats by dumping food through an open window - the only reason any were still alive.
The cats had been interbreeding, probably for generations. Many of the cats are polydactyl; some have deformed paws as the result of polydactyl cats interbreeding. Most are adults. One lone small kitten survived, along with several older kittens, approximately 6 months old, who are barely 2 lbs (the size of a 2-month old).
The Homeless Cat Management Team in Pittsburgh is caring for 33 of the cats (a neighbor adopted the heroic window-escapee, and Animal Friends took 6). Most of the surviving cats are emaciated and filthy but relatively healthy considering their situation. HCMT isn't a shelter; their mission is primarily TNR, along with fostering and adopting out trapped friendly cats. As such, they are not particularly outfitted to house 30+ cats.
How You Can Help
If you're in the Pittsburgh area and can foster one of these poor animals in your spare room, laundry room, extra bathroom, or a large dog crate, let me know, and I can get you a Pittsburgh CAT fostering application.
If you cannot foster, please consider donating to help defer the costs of care. Go to http://www.homelesscat.org/donate-to-hcmt.html
and donate through JustGive or PayPal, or send donations directly to our Paypal address, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also donate from our Amazon wishlist: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/37Q5P2O650QOV/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ws_Renkxb0X31ZH7
If you cannot foster or donate, I hope you will share this in the hope of reaching others who can. We very much appreciate anything you can do!
If you missed the initial news coverage, you can find it here:http://www.wtae.com/news/35-cats-taken-from-pittsburgh-home/39343118http://www.wtae.com/news/bags-of-dead-cats-found-in-house-as-rescue-efforts-continue/39381996http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2016/05/04/Starving-cats-found-abandoned-in-Brookline/stories/201605040213http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/10420122-74/cats-dead-provident