Woman rescues nearly 50 cats - WNEM TV 5

Woman rescues nearly 50 cats

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Dalis Hitchcock to the rescue. She’s the owner of D-Tails pet grooming in St. Louis, but some also consider her a pet hero.

“There's always two major things when I take in animals: Do I have enough space and do I have enough money?” Hitchcock said.

In the past week she took in over three dozen cats from just one home.

“Some cats were pregnant. Some had new born kittens with them so, with the last count, I was up to 49 with all the new born kittens and all,” Hitchcock said.

Hitchcock said most of the cats are between six months to 2-years-old. The previous owner wasn't able to care for the animals when their breeding spiraled out of control.

Hitchcock said pet owners should always get their animals fixed right away.

Extremely important. They breed very, very, very quickly so, before you know it you have a problem,” Hitchcock said. “And there's a lot of spay and neuter low cost clinics out there. A lot of organizations that will help if you are in need, but every cat matters, every animal matters.”

Hitchcock said that 25 cats are ready to go to a loving home and more on the way after they get spayed and neutered.

Hitchcock said she spent more than $1,600 to get the cats ready for their new homes. She said all of the money to help the animals was donated to her by the community.

Kim Seegraves helps out Hitchcock by fostering cats from time to time, but one of the cats she’s foster may stay with her.

“I might adopt her, yes,” Seegraves said. “My son has fallen in love with her. She's just a sweet, sweet cat. She's a little skittish of my dog, but I’m working on getting her used to my dogs.”

Hitchcock said she is confident she will be able to find all of these cats and kittens homes.

“This is just a passion of mine to save as many animals as possible,” Hitchcock said. “There's thousands of animals that get euthanized a year, so I’m try my hardest to make little dent.”

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