Animal advocates need volunteers to adopt dozens of cats found crowded in Broward

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Animal advocates are looking for volunteers to adopt more than 120 cats found in a crowded and filthy area of a home in Pompano Beach.

David Bernstein, the homeowner, said the population of cats got out of control because he didn’t neuter his cats.

“It was getting to be so bad to sleep in the house every night with all of the cats,” Bernstein said, adding, “I simply made a mistake.”

Elizabeth Jones, of Operation Liberation, said the cats were living in such extreme filth that there was a bathtub full of feces and urine. Some of the kittens were suffering from upper respiratory infections.

Jones, Kathy Kish Bieniek, of the Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation, and Gina Nicole Vlasek, co-founder of The Kitty Campus, have been working with animal control in Broward County.

“What the residents are living in was pretty horrific, ... They were sad when we took the cats, but they knew that this was the best thing,” Vlasek said.

There is an orange sticker saying the home is an unsafe structure. Bernstein, who is cooperating with the animal advocates, says it is safe and they are working in the best interest of the cats.

“We are getting the house clean and we got most of the cats [out],” he said. “Getting it clean. We should be all set after this.”

As of Friday morning, there were still about 40-50 cats that needed to be removed from the home.

For more information about how to help, contact the Saving Sage Animal Rescue at or call 954-530-1508 or 954-530-1425.

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