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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Cats aren’t known for swimming, but recently dozens of them, and a few bunnies, at the Humane Society of North Texas found themselves trying to get to higher ground. The animals in the ‘cat room’ got more than a little damp after water pipes burst and flooded their kennels.
“There was up to five inches of water on the floor in some of the areas,” recalled Human Society of North Texas spokesperson Whitney Hanson. “Luckily, the cats that were in our condominium room were able to climb on top of litter boxes and things like that.”
Faulty pipes in an old building are believed to be the culprit. The water, seen in pictures snapped by staff, is now gone, but the damage to the cat housing wing and the subsequent headaches for workers is significant.
Hanson remembered, “Everyone was a little bit freaked out. It really couldn’t come at a worse time, because we are so full of cats right now.”
According to Hanson, the shelter has had to relocate about 100 cats and cram them into temporary spaces. In some cases the cats were being housed three to a cage, but they can’t do that much longer.
Currently, the animals are being housed in the lost and found room. The room is meant to be a temporary housing area, but it’s packed with kittens. As the number of cats, in the confined space, increases so do other concerns.
“As you increase the number of animals in close proximity you increase the chances of diseases and illness being spread,” Hanson said.
The shelter continues to take in about 12 cats a day, and now they’re out of room. This has left the organization pleading with the public to adopt or foster the cats.
Hanson said the situation could soon be bleak. “If we don’t find some homes for these animals we may have to make some tough decisions.”
None of the cats were hurt during the flood. Right now, the Humane Society is adopting any of the cats for only $20.
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