MSPCA-Angell Rescues Nearly 80 Cats from Fall River Home

Organization’s Cape Cod and Boston Adoption Centers Sheltering Dozens of Cats and Kittens, New Homes Sought

BOSTON, Feb. 1, 2017 – Fifty four cats are safe after they were removed from a house in Fall River on Tuesday and transported to the MSPCA-Angell’s animal care and adoption centers in Centerville, Mass., the organization announced today.

The cats were voluntarily surrendered by their previous owner, who reached out to MSPCA Law Enforcement officer Chelsea Weiand last week after the number of cats in his home ballooned to nearly eighty and he could no longer care for them.  A total of 78 cats were removed, with the Fall River Animal Control facility taking in twenty four.

“This was a case in which someone was overwhelmed and did the right thing by asking for help,” said Officer Weiand.  No charges have been filed against the previous owner, whose identity has not been released.  Five neutered male cats have been allowed to stay in the home.

The majority of the cats now in the MSPCA’s care are suffering from treatable health issues such as eye and ear infections, which are common when too many cats live together in a confined space.

Adopters Wanted on Cape Cod and in Boston
Mary Sarah Fairweather, whose team settled 27 cats—including two pregnant females—into its small and aged Centerville adoption center, is asking community members to open their homes to a new four-legged friend.  “This is the perfect time to adopt as we now have so many cats to choose from,” said Fairweather.  “The cats are sweet natured and very friendly and will make excellent companions.”

Alyssa Krieger, who oversees operations at the MSPCA’s Boston adoption in Jamaica Plain, is equally optimistic about the cats’ futures.  “We’re going to do everything we can to make their stay with us as comfortable as we can while we work to transition them into new homes,” she said.  “Cats that come from homes like these tend to do better when there are other cats already at home—so we’ll be placing them in pairs and/or in homes that already have a resident cat in place.”

For location, direction and hours of the MSPCA’s Cape Cod adoption center click here.  For information about the Boston adoption center, click here.

Readers can email for more information about the cats currently living at the Boston adoption center.  For questions about cats at the Cape Cod adoption center, readers can email


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