27 cats and nine horses who were recently saved from deplorable hoarding conditions at a Howell farm will be available for adoption at two upcoming events, the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition and Livingston County Animal Control announced today.
The cats and horses were among nearly 70 animals removed from a farm in Howell on August 19, after Livingston County authorities found the animals caged or roaming in dark, urine-soaked, windowless rooms, or in dirty stalls with no access to the outside air or sunlight. Staff and volunteers from The Humane Society of the United States and SASHA Farm animal sanctuary are assisting with animal care and adoptions.
The owner of the farm has now relinquished custody of all the animals to Livingston County Animal Control. Three dogs, three rabbits, two chickens, two guinea pigs, and four sheep from the farm are now being cared for at the Livingston County Animal Control shelter or in foster homes, or have already been adopted into new homes. The cats and horses were being held at separate locations because of the large number of animals involved.
“After all they’ve been through, we hope these wonderful animals will get the chance to go to new and loving homes,” said Jodi Louth, Hay Bank Coordinator of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition. “The conditions they endured in that barn and in the home were horrific; now we hope they can finally experience the clean, caring environment they deserve.”
The cats will be available for adoption at the “Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest” on Saturday, September 17 at Halmich Park, 3001 13 Mile Rd. in Warren, from 12:00 noon to approximately 7:00 pm. Potential adopters should look for the Livingston County Animal Control booth at the event. For more information about the Ruff and Stuff Pet Fest, click here.
The following day, Sunday, September 18, both the horses and the cats will be available at the “Livingston County Loves Pets” Emergency Adoption event in Howell and Fenton from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The horses can be found at Hardy Farms, 7215 N. Latson Road, Howell, MI 48855; for directions and more information, click here or call (517) 548-1898. The remaining cats will be available for adoption just a few minutes away at Country Kennels, 6346 Green Road, Fenton, MI 48430; for directions to Country Kennels, click here or call (517) 548-2202. Everyone is encouraged to come view the adoptable animals and find a new best friend to take home.
Some of the irresistible cats who are eager to start their lives in a new home include “Petunia,” a jolly black and white tuxedo girl who loves to be cuddled, and “Milo,” a lanky tiger cat with comically large ears who wants to be everyone’s friend. “Princess,” a sweet and shy calico, awaits a family who will provide her with the affection she needs, as does “Snowball,” a large, pure white girl who prefers a quite space to stretch out and relax in.
Horses available for adoption include “Dan,” a very handsome older thoroughbred gelding and former racehorse who has a heart as big as he is; “Mandy,” a Morgan mare and former lesson horse who just wants to be loved for who she is and to be able to feel the sun on her back again; and “Magic,” an adorably petite 12-year-old Arabian mare who is light on her feet and has great potential, with proper training, to be riding horse.
All of the cats and horses have been vetted and have received all relevant vaccinations and tests. All cats have been spayed or neutered. Adoption fees will be just $10.00 for cats. There will be no adoption fee for the horses, but donations to the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition are welcomed.
The Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition is committed to enhancing the lives of all equines in Michigan through education and assistance to the owners, and when necessary, the prosecution of persons who commit acts of cruelty against equines contrary to existing laws.