SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — 22 cats were removed from an elderly woman's home on State Street in Schenectady on Friday. The conditions in the home were extremely unsanitary.
However the next challenge is a lack of housing for the cats, they are currently at the Animal Protective Foundation in Scotia.
With 60 cats already in need of a home there, the APF is offering a rare thing: free adoptions all day Saturday.
Filisia Ramdath describes the condition of the home she walked into Friday to rescue 22 cats as very sad. Ramdath says she has been volunteering for three years on her own to do this kind of work, saying otherwise, the animals have no chance.
Video taken by the Animal Protective Foundation shows what the staff calls "characteristics of a typical hoarding situation." The APF, which is temporarily housing the cats, is at capacity.
The director of communication for APF Marguerite Pearson says while the conditions were inconceivable, the woman was not abusing them; the cats were well fed.
Pearson says the woman was elderly and ill, and when EMS arrived at the home, code enforcement was notified. That is when Ramdath was called, many people in the Schenectady area are aware of her volunteer work.
While the cats do have a temporary home at the APF, it is just temporary. Pearson says she hopes people with a good heart take advantage of the free adoption offer.
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