Shelters Overloaded with Cats

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STROUD TOWNSHIP -- Animal shelters in the Poconos are overloaded with cats after more than 70 were rescued from a home in Monroe County and this isn't the first time the homeowner has hoarded felines.

The organizations are now looking for community help with donations to keep up with the amount of care each cat needs.

Crews removed 77 cats from that home near Henryville last week.

The woman who owns the home found herself in a similar situation back in 2015 when more than 100 cats were rescued.

The cats removed this time had to be split up between three different shelters in the Poconos and each organization is looking for help.

Cats and kittens inside crates at AWSOM Animal Shelter near Stroudsburg don't know how lucky they are.

More than 70 were rescued last week from a home in Paradise Township by the ASPCA and local animal shelters. More than 20 are at AWSOM.

"It was awful," said shelter manager Kim Fish. "It was extremely difficult, between Lisa and I, we were going in with masks, gloves, goodness we had booties on our feet."

The home belongs to Holly Ingram. This isn't the first time the woman from Monroe County found herself in a cat-hoarding situation.

In August of 2015, 122 cats were taken from her home. Shelter managers cannot believe it's happened again.

"She makes a habit of this which unfortunately it's an illness and our fear is that there were more cats there," said Fish.

More than 30 cats are also being housed at Camp Papillon Animal Shelter in Hamilton Township. More are on the way; six of the cats are pregnant.

"We are way past max capacity. We made our dog quarantine into a cat quarantine to accommodate," said Camp Papillon President Gerri Papillon.

Only a few of the cats that were rescued will be ready for adoption but for some of the kittens, it will take more time. That's why these animal shelters can use all the donations people can give.

Most of the cats are in OK shape, but each shelter can use help beyond food and litter.

"If anyone can get ahold of some Revolution, because they have ear mites really bad and it's the best way to get rid of their ear mites," Papillon said.

"Anyone willing to volunteer to help us clean would be fantastic. It is a lot of strain on our shelter with the limited resources that we have," Fish added.

Newswatch 16 stopped at the home of Hollie Ingram in Paradise Township but she was not there. There is no word on if any charges will be filed this time.

Both shelters are now taking adoption applications.


  • Pam

    It is really sad how many people have no heart. They are innocent animals and deserve to live just as much as you. If people would be responsible and spay and neuter there wouldn’t be as big of a problem. If you don’t want an overload of cats in your area then donate and help the shelters get these animals fixed instead saying such ignorant stuff. Some of those cats could be a child’s lost pet or an elderly persons only comfort. I will pray for the cold hearted people that have no clue. I feel sorry for you.

    • El Ma

      Pam, people type sick and twisted stuff, online, because they are protected by anonymity. So…….try not to take what you read as serious. You do your thing, and let trolls be trolls – they get off when they read responses of outrage because their lives are empty, so they need to fill them up with drama/trauma. Definitely pray for them, and pity them that their lives are THAT empty. ;-)

      There are spay/neuter and release programs, but they only have a finite amount of resources. What people do not realize is that the cat populations in their towns (not overrun, of course) help to keep the rodent population under control. Get rid of all of the cats, and there will be an overpopulation of rats.

      And, I don’t like to get involved in raising funds, anymore, because a great deal of funds that are raised are eaten up in advertising and administrative costs (snort).

  • Bob Smith

    Poor cats! It doesn’t surprise me since, I have know that lot of people do hound cats for years. And not fair to cats too. Not fair!

  • Russ

    These idiot do-gooders don’t know what the hel they are doing and THEY along with the CATS are a blight on society. Charge her, place her in an animal shelter and feed her a nice D-Con meatball.

    • El Ma

      Russ, the woman suffers from a mental illness. She needs treatment, ASAP, and to live in a monitored environment, after treatment.

      It is disturbing to me that people get like this, but they do. If they aren’t hoarding animals, they’re hoarding stuff to the point that they cannot walk through their living spaces, easily. (sigh) Very sad

      • Pam

        The shelters should help her become a small foster for them under supervision. It may be enough to keep her happy and help at the same time. I hope anyone missing a cat checks the shelters to see if their cat is among them.

      • El Ma

        Pam, while it’s a thoughtful idea, this woman suffers from a mental illness, not a desire to “help” felines. Seen too much of this over my lifetime, particularly when I was volunteering at a humane shelter. People like this need psychiatric and psychological help. She would be useless as “help” in that kind of environment.

  • How sad

    Have police and firefighters parade with them down Street, it will bring tears to ppls eyes etc. No just euthanize the cats they carry diseases

    • Jennifer Iannaco

      Humans spread and carry more disease…why don’t you volunteer, so we can follow your advice, we could do without more people like you.

  • Huggy

    One of these distribution centers would make a great cat shelter. Come on sedco, make frackville great again!


    Rumor is mahanoy city has a lot of those strays coming out of blighted row homes. Also theirs a fox epidemic in suburban Shenandoah in a place called lost creek. This problem is nothing compared to Schuylkill’s problems.

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