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American Humane Association assists ASPCA in rescuing hundreds of cats from overcrowded conditions in Pennsylvania

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The American Humane Association is leading operations to shelter approximately 400 cats rescued from overcrowded conditions today at Animal Friends of Elk and Cameron Counties Sanctuary in Elk County, Pa.

American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services™ team is assisting Elk County Humane Society and the ASPCA with the removal of the cats from the sanctuary, medical examination of the cats, and sheltering of the cats at an undisclosed location. PetSmart Charities is providing much-needed supplies for this effort. American Humane’s team will be in Elk County, Pa., for approximately two weeks, sheltering and caring for the cats, as well as treating them for medical conditions, until more permanent arrangements are made.

Many of the cats are suffering from a host of ailments, including upper respiratory conditions, eye infections and feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Many are also expected to test positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a disease that weakens the immune system and makes cats susceptible to secondary infections.

“We are happy that these cats are on their way to a better life,” said Diane Robinson, the onsite shelter manager for American Humane. “Many of them have had a tough life up until this point, and although it is sad they are coming from a bad situation, it is rewarding to know that we are here to give them a fresh start.”

Since its inception in 1916, American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services has responded to national and international disasters, rescuing thousands of animals. American Humane’s Animal Emergency Services includes expert staff, a nationwide network of highly trained volunteers, specialized equipment, and a fleet of emergency response vehicles customized to help animals in disasters.

To donate to American Humane’s Animal Emergency Services, please visit

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at today.

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