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Posted May 23, 2018 | 4:45 PM

Sooooo Many Cats! Please Adopt, Hillsborough Shelter Says

More than 300 Cats Seized in Investigation Fill Shelter, Strain Resources

Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 11, 2018) - Cat crates in the hallways. Cat crates in spare offices. Cat crates everywhere. Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center is full of cats seized in a recent investigation, and shelter managers are appealing to the public to adopt from the dozens of available felines.

Animal Control officers seized more than 300 cats last week from a woman running a pet rescue shelter near Plant City. Shelter officials have been working with partner agencies throughout Tampa Bay to house and adopt some of the cats, but more than 100 of the confiscated cats remain at the Pet Resource Center.

Most of those cats are now available for adoption. Some are still being treated for respiratory infections or other illnesses but will soon be available when their treatments are finished and they are declared healthy.

The huge influx of cats, all of them requiring medical evaluation and many requiring medical treatment, has severely strained the Pet Resource Center staff and facilities. The community has responded generously by donating from the shelter's wish list of items, but the biggest need now is for the cats to be adopted. Adoption is only $20 for cats that have been vaccinated, registered, microchipped and spayed or neutered.

The Pet Resource Center is the only open-admissions shelter in Hillsborough County and accepts all dogs and cats regardless of age, breed, size, or health. The shelter at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. More information, including photos of pets available for adoption, is available online.