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Adopt William: Cat rescued from hoarder, ready for a new home

Adopt William: Cat rescued from hoarder, ready for his forever home

The domestic all-white medium hair cat was rescued along with 31 other cats.
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The domestic all-white medium hair cat was rescued along with 31 other cats.

This week’s BND Pet of the Week is William, an all-white male medium hair cat, who is estimated to be about 1 to 3 years old. Rescued from a hoarding situation along with 31 additional cats, William is currently recovering at the Highland Animal Shelter.

Highland Animal Shelter director Mary Parker originally took 13 of the cats, distributing seven among three area shelters. Most of the cats, including William, came to the shelter with an upper respiratory infection. They are under the careful supervision of a veterinarian and powerful antibiotics.

Despite their situation, Parker was pleasantly surprised at how affectionate and peaceful the cats were.

“Usually, when you see a hoarding case you see cats that aren’t very well socialized and are very scared and they hide,” Parker said. “You can tell they were well loved ... I think overall they are going to be very friendly cats.”

William likes to spend most of his time roaming, giving friendly headbutts and playing with a toy. He is friendly with other cats and does not appear to be afraid of dogs. He would make the perfect family member to just about any house that is looking to spoil a cat with love.

Parker is hopeful to get all the cats into loving homes and expects that their all-white coats will attract people looking for a striking pet.

“If I can get these six adopted then I can save six more,” Parker said. “That’s really the main goal.”

For more information on William, visit him at the Highland Animal Shelter or call them at 618-654-6067.

Pet of the Week

Aunna, a Labrador retriever mix with a rough past, is still available for adoption at the Metro East Humane Society.

Mooster, a quirky lover-girl domestic short-hair cat, is still available for adoption at the Belleville Area Humane Society.

Pet of the Week is a weekly feature highlighting metro-east animals with a story to tell. It includes pets at every stage of their journey — from shelter to forever home. If you would like to nominate a pet, contact Patrick McCarthy at pmccarthy@bnd.com or 618-239-2513.

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