More than 60 cats rescued and are ready for adoption


If anyone would like to provide a loving home to a cat the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is the place to contact.

The sanctuary recently rescued 62 cats from a home in Taos, N.M. and Tracy Van Pelt, owner of the sanctuary, said more than half of the cats are ready to go out for adoption. The cats have all been either spayed or neutered, received their vaccinations and have had the necessary testing for leukemia. They have also all been ear-tagged.

Van Pelt said the cats were rescued from a hoarding situation. An elderly woman had more than 100 cats in her house and about 40 feral cats that lived outside.

“We went down there because New Mexico had exhausted its resources,” Van Pelt said.

They were able to place many of the cats before they left New Mexico and in addition to the cats they also rescued 25 Chihuahuas.

Van Pelt said the woman was known to take in stray animals and would care for them. Over the years her health and mental state declined and she wasn't able to care for the animals as before. She became bed-ridden and had a staff to take care of her and continue to provide care for the animals. However the staff failed to do their job.

When they arrived at the home they found cats in kitchen cabinets, dresser drawers, the sofa and a few were even locked in a drawer. Van Pelt said they found one cat dead in the closet.

“It was horrible. The woman had good intentions in the beginning,” Van Pelt said.

The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary would love to be able to send the cats to loving homes.

“We have very sweet cats,” Van Pelt said, adding that there are no kittens but they estimate the youngest to be approximately one-years-old. The rest of the cats are most likely over three-years-old but it is hard to pin down exact ages.

Van Pelt said if anyone is interested in adopting call 719-494-0158 or email for the adoption form. If it is not feasible for someone to adopt but they would still like to help with donations Van Pelt said that is greatly appreciated and needed. The sanctuary also has five dogs and many horses that need to be adopted as well.


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