More than 80 cats rescued during a hoarding investigation have found their forever homes.
On October 31, 112 cats were brought to the Central New York SPCA. They were seized by police. Almost all of them needed some form of medical treatment or shots.
Six people at the SPCA worked all night to take the cats in. They’ve spent the last six weeks making sure all the cats get back to full strength, get the shots they need, and get spayed/neutered.
“In all honesty, all of us here were new here,” said Dee Schaefer, who works at the SPCA. “This is the first new hoarding case that we had. we learned a lot. We find tuned our processes a little bit but I think that for the six of us that were here we did a great job.”
According to Schaefer, more than 200 applications came in originally to adopt the cats, but as the cats were cleaned and properly identified, the SPCA found it didn’t have as many kittens as expected. Most of the cats were older, in need of food and care.
The night of Halloween, the shelter put out a plea for help on social media. The community responded in a big way. Schaefer says they still have some supplies donated all those weeks back.
“It is amazing. Just absolutely amazing,” she said. “I can’t thank people enough. I am still working on ‘thank you’ letters from the monetary donations.”
Of the 112 cats, around 80 have been adopted. Schafer’s son surprised her and adopted one himself. The fee for the remaining 30 cats is set at $250. Schaefer says that is because of all the time and resources used to make sure each cat is healthy and up to date on shots.
Investigators have charged Roberta Graziadei, 54, of Clinton with animal cruelty for “harboring over one hundred animals in unhealthy and unsanitary conditions at her residence.”