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'Cat bomb' leads to free pet adoptions

'Cat bomb' leads to free pet adoptions
Published: Oct. 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM EST
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From the rafters to the shelves, just about everywhere you look within the county's animal...
From the rafters to the shelves, just about everywhere you look within the county's animal control annex, you'll spot paws ready to pounce. (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News)
Barbara Rosenman (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News)
Barbara Rosenman (Source: Cedra Mayfield/WAVE 3 News)

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - In Oldham County foreclosures and felines are closely related. As a result the Oldham County Animal Control has exploded with an influx of new feline friends and led to what some have coined a "cat bomb."

From the rafters to the shelves, just about everywhere you look within the county's animal control annex, you'll spot paws ready to pounce.

[SLIDESHOW: Foreclosures cause cat bomb]

While Oldham County Animal Control Director Barbara Rosenman has a sweet spot for her four-legged friends, she's quickly running out of space for them.

"We have a subdivision. Lakewood Valley," began Rosenman, "it has many foreclosures."

Rosenman said what began as one women's mission to help a few abandoned feline friends essentially "cat bombed," exploding into litter after litter of kittens.

"The cats got left behind and the cats hooked up with other cats," said Rosenman. "The next thing you know, 20 cats. Now 20 cats is 80 to 100 cats. It's like the tip of the cat-berg. We are having to bust our budget. There's still 70 cats over in the subdivision because if I have to impound 100 cats, I'm going to have to euthanize 70 cats."

The idea alone clawed at Rosenman's heart.

"I can't put that down," said Rosenman while playing with a cat.

With each annexed cat treated, as well as spayed and neutered, she hoped to get as many adopted as soon as possible in hopes of pausing any further cat bombs by getting the growing kitty population under control.

According to Rosenman, the cats currently housed at the county animal annex are eligible for free adoptions. Those interested in adopting a pet must be screened at the Oldham County Animal Control in La Grange.

The Oldham County Animal Control is also accepting donations in the form of cat food, kitty litter and money to help with the treatment and care of the felines.

For more information about the cats, click here or call the Oldham County Animal Control at (502) 222-7387.

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