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Groups in NW Wisconsin looking for families to adopt 22 stray cats


AMERY, WI (WTAQ) - Two groups in northwest Wisconsin are looking for families to adopt 22 cats that somebody dropped off at a veterinary hospital.

Officials are not sure who left the cats – which were inside 4 plastic bins at the front door of the Interstate Veterinary Hospital at Centuria in Polk County.

The cats were dropped off October 29th, and the bins had holes so the pets could breathe.

17 cats are up for adoption at the Arnell Memorial Humane Society in Amery. The rest are still at the hospital – and they’re all waiting for new homes.

Mary Bruckner of the humane shelter says the cats are all healthy and friendly. All appear to be one-year-old or younger.

The veterinary hospital’s owner, Mark Nelson, said whoever left the cats probably meant well – but they didn’t think about the need to spay and neuter their pets. Those adopting from the hospital only need to pay a spaying or neutering fee.

The humane shelter has reduced its adoption fee. Those males have been neutered, and the females will be spayed when they’re adopted.

Officials are worried that the economy will discourage folks from adopting the cats. But Nelson said nobody wants to see them euthanized.