MSPCA-Angell Takes in 29 Cats from Whitman Home

BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2014 – Twenty nine thin and matted cats living in a single family home in Whitman, Mass. are now resting at the MSPCA-Angell’s Boston adoption center after they were voluntarily surrendered to the MSPCA’s law enforcement department last Friday, the organization announced today.  Many of the cats—which range in age from eight weeks to seven years old—are suffering from upper respiratory infections, for which they are undergoing treatment.

Most of the cats are ragdolls, a breed characterized by their larger size, semi-long haired coats and warm and friendly personalities.  They will remain in isolation at the adoption center until treatment for their infections concludes, after which they will be placed for adoption.

 The cats are undergoing treatment for upper respiratory infections but will likely be placed for adoption in about a week (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

The cats are undergoing treatment for upper respiratory infections but will likely be placed for adoption in about a week (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

The previous owner’s identity is not being released and no charges have been filed.  “This is a case of someone who realized they were in over their head, and couldn’t care for so many animals,” said MSPCA-Angell law enforcement officer Nadya Branca, who responded to the scene.  “The owner voluntarily surrendered them to our care, which was the right decision in this case.”

A Call for Donations

The surrender of so many cats at once places an undue burden on staff and financial resources, and adoption center manager Alyssa Krieger has appealed to the public for help.  “The good news is that the cats are very friendly and we expect to place all of them for adoption in the coming weeks,” she said.  “The downside is that many of them will need ongoing treatment for upper respiratory infections—which places an additional strain on funds.”

Anyone interested in helping these animals, and others like them, can do so by clicking here.

Krieger predicts the cats will be available for adoption beginning next week and anyone interested in adopting can email the adoption center directly at




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