Last of 88 cats adopted after being returned in the fall, all rehabilitated by Second Chance Animal Services

The last of 88 cats that were donated to Second Chance Animal Services last year has found their forever home.

A man handed over 52 cats to the North Brookfield Animal Shelter in October, MassLive previously reported. Almost a week later, 16 more cats have been added to the original 52.

The total of 68 increased to 88 when a few of the cats had kittens.

The man had to leave the house and couldn’t bring the cats with him, so he relied on Second Chance Animal Services for help. The nonprofit animal welfare organization took in the cats, helped them care for the cats and made plans to find new homes for them, MassLive previously reported.

Fast forward to May 2022, and all 88 cats have a home.

“Some are still waiting for dental work before they can be officially adopted, but we are so happy that they have all left the shelter and moved on to the next chapter of their lives!!, the shelter wrote on their facebook.

The latest cat to be adopted is Amelia, Second Chance said in a press release.

Second Chance Animal Services has now found homes for 88 cats after being returned in the fall of 2021. (Courtesy/Second Chance Animal Services)

“She’s still not ready for a lot of physical human contact, but luckily she went to a house with other cats to help her learn. She loved all the cats she was around, so I know she will thrive with a few friends. It’s such a relief to know that so many of these cats could find a happy ending!

Second Chance Founder and CEO Sheryl Blancato said, “We are thrilled that this special group of cats have moved on to the next chapter of their lives,” Second Chance said.

The cats included five litters born in the care of the shelter in addition to cats under their watch who needed “extensive medical care” before they were ready for adoption.

They even had cats in their care who were scared during their stay at the shelter, but received extra help to warm up to their surroundings.

“Our Almost Home staff and Adoption Center staff and volunteers have helped so many of these cats come out of their shells; it was amazing to see their progress. We knew some of the cats were quite bonded and would do better if they went home with a friend, so these animals were adopted together,” Blancato said in the statement.

Second Chance has locations in East Brookfield, North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield and Worcester, according to their website.

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