100 cats surrendered by family now need homes

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Nearly 100 cats surrendered by a Long Beach family are now on the adoption rolls at the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Wednesday, the organization assisted the Long Beach Police Department taking in the cats from a man and woman who kept all of the animals inside their home.

The animals appeared to be well cared for and in good health, according to HSSM's veterinarian. The police and HSSM got involved following complaints about to the animals.

"The family is doing the right thing," said Tara High, Executive Director for the Humane Society of South Mississippi. "Their hearts are truly in the right place and we could tell they sincerely love and care for the cats, but their numbers have become unmanageable."

HSSM is now desperately looking for families to adopt the cats and help with the animals at the shelter.

"We are going to need volunteers to help us care for these cats while in our care. We need cat toys to entertain them and we will need donations to assist with medical costs while they are in our care," said Jode' Braxton-Hignight, Development Director for HSSM.

HSSM will take possession of the cats and provide medical evaluations and vaccinations and treatment if necessary.

A meeting room at shelter is being used to hold the cats until they find new homes.

Adoptions for these cats will begin on Thursday, December 2 at HSSM during the regular hours of operation. In lieu of an adoption fee, HSSM will be accepting donations at the adopter's discretion for these cats in order to place them into "forever homes."

"The cats seemed visibly healthy, happy, and curious during my first evaluation," said Dr. Jenny Morris, Chief Veterinarian for HSSM. "We want to adopt these animals into forever homes as soon as we can to keep them healthy, happy, and curious."

Elizabeth Vowell will have more on the cats and how to adopt them later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com. You can reach HSSM by calling (228) 863-3354.

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