Even though the cats are all safe now, the rescue is urging everyone to remember that animal hoarders have a nearly 100 percent chance of doing it again, according to St. Hubert’s, and while it’s important to help the animals, it’s also important to help the people who put them in that situation.
“It is time to begin to address the human health component — both physical and psychological,” Schatzmann said. “It is important for animal control, social service agencies and health and housing agencies to work together. If we are to break the cycle, we must have multiple agencies play a role, including those specializing in psychological evaluation and treatment — to come in at an earlier stage and provide a course correction. We hope people will remember to ‘say something if you see something’ so intervention can happen to help the people as well as the animals.”