Source: WioNews (Extract)
Posted: March 25, 2024

In western Canada, an animal welfare group faces a daunting task: caring for approximately 300 cats, all seemingly healthy. The challenge arose when a man, feeling “overwhelmed,” reached out for help, revealing a home overrun by cats and kittens.

How did the man collect 300 cats?

The answer to the question is Bruce Robinson who rescued them. He explained to the British Columbia SPCA that he had taken in abandoned cats during the pandemic, but after losing his job, the cost became overwhelming.

As per the Guardian, responding to his request, the BC SPCA sent staff to his home to assess the situation, revealed the animal aid organisation’s Eileen Drever. There, they were met with a situation Robinson himself described as trying to count bubbles in boiling water.

“When asked how many cats he had, I think he said it was like counting bubbles in boiling water.”

A big heart

Despite his struggle, Robinson had a big heart, ensuring the cats were cared for. The BC SPCA staff said that the cats were sociable and seemed to be in a good condition.

“You know, he had a huge heart, and he was caring for them,” Drever told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

With one cat capable of three litters a year, their numbers quickly multiplied, and Robinson now had 298 cats, including 15 pregnant ones, at his home.

“I ended up in a crazy situation,” he said, adding, “I made a bad decision … I thought I could handle the cats.”

He had even tried to find them new homes, but had little to no luck. He ended up spending thousands monthly, sometimes going hungry himself, to provide the necessary 28 kg of food daily and 10 litter boxes’ worth of cat litter.

Each cat had a name and a special place in Robinson’s heart. “I love every one of them,” he said. Despite the challenges, he wanted to give them a safe home.

The SPCA is now working to raise funds and find a suitable place to house the cats, where they will be assessed by a veterinarian, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered before adoption.

“This is a huge undertaking, and it’s going to take resources from around the province to bring these animals in,” said Drever.

Despite the overwhelming situation, charges against Robinson are not being considered, as he sought help when he realised he was in over his head.

“Kudos to him for recognising he was overwhelmed,” said Drever.

The SPCA, as per the report, were helping provide food, supplies, and litter to the cats and was seeking to move them ASAP.

“He had, the other day, between 70 and 80 newborn kittens,” said the BC SPCA, explaining “That’s why we need to move as quickly as we can.”

“I have never seen so many cats in good condition. They appear to be in good condition,” she remarked.