Overcrowding animals include cats, guinea pigs, rabbits
Overcrowding continues to be an area of emphasis for the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) in 2023, and this past week the organization took in more than two dozen cats, and nearly two dozen guinea pigs from three separate situations.
ARL has now taken in more than 400 animals from overcrowding situations in 2023, more than double the overcrowding intake from 2022.
Traditionally overcrowding typically involved cats or dogs, however in 2023, ARL has also tackled situations involving guinea pigs and rabbits.
While some may associate overcrowding with neglect, these animals were all well cared for and the common issues that led to these situations were a lack of spay/neuter, or incorrectly sexed animals purchased from pet stores.
While the cats are overall in good health, a number of the animals are recovering from upper respiratory infections, a common byproduct of overcrowding.
Additionally, some of the cats are shy and undersocialized and will require their new families to have patience when allowing the animals to settle into their new homes.
The recent intake of guinea pigs are part of an ongoing operation between ARL and the former owner of the animals.
This particular situation was the result of incorrectly sexed guinea pigs being purchased from an out-of-state pet store.
All of these animals are doing well, and while some are available for adoption, others will require ongoing care before finding their forever homes.
Taking in such a large and sudden influx of animals is a daunting task, however, ARL has the experience and expertise to provide the care these animals need, and reminds the public that If you or someone you know is overwhelmed by having too many animals in their home, there is help available.
If you or someone you know is looking for support for spay/neuter services or to rehome cats, you can contact local animal control, or ARL’s Field Services Department for assistance.
ARL approaches every overcrowding situation with respect, compassion, and a staunch commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the animals involved, as well as their caretakers.