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Area shelter takes in 39 cats from West Linn

Owner unable to care for the animals asked for help in finding them new homes

COURTESY PHOTO: OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY - One of 39 cats voluntarily given up by a West Linn man will be available for adoption through the Oregon Humane Society. The man became too ill to care for the cats, which were not neglected.The Oregon Humane Society's cattery in Portland grew by more than 30 percent Monday, Aug. 8, as a West Linn man's hospitalization prompted a need to remove 39 cats from his home.

OHS, located in Portland, was already operating at capacity when the cats came in, forcing staff to convert dog kennels into homes for the felines.

The West Linn cats appear to be well cared for by their owner and are healthy and socialized.

“This is not a neglect case,” said OHS Public Affairs Manager David Lytle. “We are answering a call from the West Linn Police Department, which wanted to help a seriously ill individual who loved his cats but realized he couldn’t physically care for them any longer.”

OHS has begun the process of making the cats available for adoption. Staff have examined, vaccinated, weighed and photographed the cats in readiness for adoption.

The West Linn cats are all adults and include a variety of short, medium and long-haired breeds. About 15 of the cats will be available for adoption on Friday, Aug. 12, with the remaining cats coming up for adoption soon after. The cats will appear on the OHS website when they are available for adoption. Visit www.oregonhumane.org/adopt to see adoptable pets at OHS.