Thirty cats were left at the Lexington Humane Society’s property this week, creating an increased need for donations and foster volunteers to help care for them.
Staff members found 28 cats and kittens Thursday in and around the organization’s parking lot at 1600 Old Frankfort Pike. Another two were found Friday, said Ashley Hammond, senior development manager for the Humane Society.
“We definitely didn’t expect this,” Hammond said. She said the Humane Society staff suspects that someone was overwhelmed by the number of cats and decided to drop them off.
The animals ranged in age from newborn to a couple years old. Some were in boxes “wallowing in urine and feces and in distress,” the Humane Society said in Facebook post. “Some had even chewed through the boxes and were found in nearby bushes, trees and storm drains.”
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Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control is investigating the abandonment and has an idea about who might have left the cats, Hammond said. Meanwhile, the Humane Society is caring for the cats, along with more than 300 other animals.
The cats will need medical care and many will also need in-home foster care before they are available for adoption. Donations to Humane Society are down 20 percent from last year at this time, Hammond said, so the organization is seeking donors to make contributions to help.
To make a contribution, go to Lexingtonhumanesociety.org/get-involved/donate/.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, click: Lexingtonhumanesociety.org/volunteer/foster-care/.