Cats are slowly gaining trust and settling in
During the Easter holiday weekend, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement Department was busy removing 50 cats from a Metro Boston home, which has since been condemned due to deplorable and uninhabitable conditions.
We’re made aware when these animals are removed from these difficult situations, but what happens then?
These animals have needed extensive medical treatment over the last three weeks, but perhaps more importantly, the majority of these cats are traumatized and shut down emotionally.
This unfortunately is a common byproduct of animal hoarding and one ARL sees too often.
The cats need constant interaction with humans to break free of the trauma, learn to trust, and to take the next step – which is finding a forever home.
ARL volunteers and staff have taken extraordinary measures to get these cats to break free of their fear by talking softly with encouragement, offering treats, using backscratchers to simulate petting, playing purring sounds – and finally when the cat is ready to move on to the next step, a reassuring hand is slowly extended towards the animal.
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These measures are used to break through the wall of fear, but it’s done on the cat’s own terms.
It’s a painstaking process where there is no timeline on when a break-through may occur. ARL is committed to making these animals whole, and to give them the second chance they deserve.
So far one of these cats has been adopted, while another is waiting to find their forever home, sure signs that these animals are progressing with each passing day.
Hoarding-Type Situations Increasing
The number of hoarding-type incidents involving large numbers of animals is unfortunately on the rise. In 2018, ARL handled 16 of these incidents, which involved 1,024 animals.
As spring melts into summer, warm temperatures bring a surge in the animal population and ARL expects to respond to more hoarding-type incidents over the next few months.
With hoarding-type situations, ARL is ready to help both the animals and people involved. If you are aware of such a situation, please contact ARL Law Enforcement or your local Animal Control Officer immediately.