When we talk about animal hoarding, it often times comes with visions of houses full of cats/dogs in less than ideal conditions. Do you ever stop and think about how these situations got so out of hand? Why did they take in so many cats or dogs, what were they thinking???We have learned that often times this is something that runs deeper within the person and that sometimes people just need a kind word, some encouragement and some help to deal with an overwhelming situation. Over the last several months we have helped a person just like this. Through the years, a few cats showing up at her doorstep turned into a grand total of 37. The situation became so bad for this elderly woman that she was not buying her own prescriptions so she could care for the cats she took into her home. She really has tried. She had many spayed/neutered through a low cost clinic and knows each and every cat by name as well as temperaments and medical history. To date we have taken in twenty of these cats at a rate of two per week. This is where hopefully you join the story... Each cat we have taken in has suffered from at least one medical issue that has required significant care and veterinary expenses. Due to the number of cats in the home, most have come in with severe respiratory infections requiring weeks of antibiotic treatment. We have had a number of cats that required dentistry to remove rotted teeth and again, costly medications. The cost involved with helping this situation has been more than we have anticipated (and the figure goes higher each day) but each week when we take in two more of her cats and her eyes fill with tears of appreciation, or we see a cat make marked improvement and go onto a home... we dig a little deeper. The latest cats to have joined us have the most costly and probably most painful ailments. 'Loner' the cat has eyelids that are rolled under causing his lashes to rub directly on his eye. This must be so incredibly painful and will require a surgery to the tune of $300 to repair. His housemate Mr. Grey has a tooth that is so large and infected that it pushing directly on the roof of his mouth causing him pain with every movement. We will continue to care for these cats and continue to help this woman who became so overwhelmed, but we need your help. If you are able to spare anything to assist in their care, it would go far in assisting us in our mission. We continue to educate our animal loving friend and provide her with supports to care for the remaining animals in her home. Our goal is to get her down to a manageable number in hopes she will then start to be able to care for herself both mentally and physically. Thank you for taking the time to read all this. I hope you will consider making a donation and sharing this far and wide.