Our friends at Ciudadanos Pro Albergue de Animales de Aguadilla (CPAAA) in Puerto Rico alerted us to a hoarding case and asked for our help with the 31 cats kept in cages 24/7. The 88-year-old owner, Doña Elidia, wouldn’t relinquish the animals, but was willing to let us help her. There were also 2 dogs living separately in wooden enclosures with no access to the yard or to each other.
The plan was to build a large cat enclosure (catio) to allow the cats to roam freely and safely. All 31 cats and both dogs were going to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. The fence was going to be repaired and the dogs’ enclosures were going to be combined and improved so they could be together and enjoy the yard.
Unfortunately the neighbors had already complained and the city stepped in, putting a stop to the work until we could get it sorted. All the materials were purchased but the work has been halted due to the neighbors. Doña Elidia’s social worker had to contact a lawyer for assistance and WUFAW wrote a letter to the judge, pleading for time to help the cats. The case went to court and thankfully we won.
The cats were all sterilized and the catio was finished soon after. Then they were introduced to their new home with the freedom to roam and socialize. At first, they were hesitant to come out of their carriers but once they did it was beautiful to see them interact. ⠀
A new living area was also built for the dogs and they were properly introduced to each other. Both dogs have been sterilized and vaccinated. One had bladder stones removed.
The court is still deciding whether Doña Elidia will be allowed to keep all the cats, but for now they are living a much better life.
Thanks to our supporters for the donations.
Puerto Rico Update on the Catio
Update on the dogs