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Evanston Animal Shelter is overflowing with cats and has a 2-for-1 deal

Hoarding leads to an influx of cats at the Evanston animal shelter

The Evanston Animal Shelter is cluttered with cats from the same house.

The Evanston Animal Shelter is cluttered with cats from the same house.

“At the end of the first day around 10 am, there were 29 cats, and over the next three and a half days it was 42,” said Cat Director Nancy Maize.

The situation developed in August when the Evanston Animal Shelter received a call from the fire department about six or eight cats pulled from a house fire.

Maize responded to the scene and couldn’t believe what it had revealed.

“I stood there for a minute and saw all these faces looking at me and I started crying for a minute. I thought this was very different from anything we’ve ever experienced,” she recalls.

The more than three dozen rescues required antibiotics for infections, castration and castration operations, tooth extractions and vaccinations.

“There’s 300 cans of cat food a week, a few hundred pounds of cat litter,” Maize said.

Volunteers also had difficulty distinguishing the cats.

“As is often the case in hamster houses, there was a lot of inbreeding, so there were a lot of orange cats,” Maize said.


To make the cats home forever and to make them more memorable to the public, the shelter decided to call them the “Ice Cream Cats,” using Baskin Robbins’ slogan of more than 31 flavors to create their appeal .

There’s coffee, black walnut, cotton candy, and lemon custard to name a few.

Maize says the cats have some of the best personalities she has ever met at the shelter. But the cost of caring for the cats is staggering, nearly $ 25,000 so far.

The tiny building wasn’t big enough to hold all of the new cats, so the shelter is currently renting a shop front down the street where the cats can sit in the window and wait for a new owner.

“We never thought about it. We never sat down and said, can we do this? Your teeth are falling out, can we do something about it? It just happened.”

The animal shelter offers the cats a two-for-one deal because they like to be together. If you can’t adopt, they’ll look for foster care too. More information is available at www.EvanstonAnimalShelter.net.

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