BARCS is an open-admission shelter, which means that it works with animal control to take in every animal that needs care. Earlier this year, in one particularly bad hoarding case, the shelter took in more than 130 cats in 24 hours.
"At any given time we have 150 cats in the shelter," Jennifer Brause, executive director and founder of BARCS Animal Shelter, told The Dodo. "More cats are coming in every single day, on average 15 a day, so that same number has to go out. When we get a hoarding case, it just compounds the issue … The cats were up in the walls, inside of furniture, and animal control had to keep going back and trapping them."