NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck Animal Control is looking for more than a few cat lovers to adopt some feline friends.
Naugatuck Animal Control had an influx of animals following an eviction of a resident on High Ridge Road Tuesday morning, Deputy Police Chief C. Colin McAllister said.
Police assisted State Marshal Joe Nardini with the eviction, McAllister said. The resident owned 15 cats, two dogs and a two rabbits. Due to the eviction, he said, the resident didn’t have the means to care for the animals or find them homes. The resident voluntarily surrendered the animals to police, he said, and asked to put the cats up for adoption.
“In this particular case, with such a large number of animals, we needed to take them,” McAllister said. “We couldn’t just leave them. We took them in.”
McAllister said alternative homes have been found for the rabbits and the dogs are at the animal control facility, though they aren’t up for adoption at the moment.
The large number of animals all at once put a bit of a strain on the animal control facility, McAllister said.
Police got some assistance from Animals for Life, a nonprofit organization that seeks to find homes for animals and runs a shelter at 195 Rubber Ave. McAllister said the organization took in seven cats and donated supplies, as well.
“They’ve been incredible in trying to place the cats,” McAllister said.
As of Friday afternoon, Naugatuck Animal Control had eight of the cats at its facility up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting a cat can call the facility at 203-729-4324 to set up an appointment.
For information on Animals for Life and the animals the organization is trying to find homes for, visit animalsforlife.org.
McAllister said animal control is working to get the cats adopted as soon as possible.
“At this point, we’re caring for them and we’re going to find them homes,” he said.