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Dozens of cats rescued from Fort Lauderdale storage facility

About 88 cats to be put up for adoption this weekend

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dozens of cats will soon be up for adoption after they were rescued from a storage facility in Fort Lauderdale.

The Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division and the Humane Society of Broward County rescued about 88 cats from the bug-infested facility two weeks ago.

Humane Society officials said the storage area was stacked with crates containing the animals and said the unit did not have air conditioning.

The cats were also found to be malnourished and authorities said they did not have an "adequate quantity or quality of food and water."

"We will be taking our mobile spay/neuter unit and members of our veterinary team to the Pompano shelter on Friday to sterilize the felines that will be available for adoption over the weekend," said Christopher Agostino, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Broward County. "In addition, they will be vaccinated, micro-chipped and receive a Broward County Rabies registration tag.  HSBC adoption staff will also be available on Saturday and Sunday to assist with the adoptions. This is an unfortunate situation for these felines but thanks to the private support HSBC receives from its donors, we – and you – are able to help so pets like these can have a better future."

The "Purr-ever Home" adoption event will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Broward County Disaster Recovery Center. The center is located at 3100 NW 19th Terrace in Pompano Beach.

Humane Society officials are also looking for foster parents and rescue organizations to help take in the cats that are not adopted.

"This situation is a prime example of how our shelters and the community can come together in order to provide a second chance for pets in need," said Lisa Mendheim, public education coordinator, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division. "Together we are on a mission to ensure that these cats get the care and the homes they deserve."

The owner of the cats, Ruma Navarro, 54, is under investigation by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

For more rescue and foster information, please email rescue@broward.org.

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