126 Cats - UPDATE

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 3:53pm

There was a happy ending today, for a cat that needed a home and an elderly Baton Rouge woman who needed a friend.

At 107 years young, Mary Fisher thought her days of owning a pet were long gone. That's until she saw the NBC-33 report on 126 cats that were in desperate need of rescue. The cats lived in a home with no air conditioning, no electricity and little hope for change. EBR Animal Control was on the verge of collecting all of the cats and putting them all to sleep. It is illegal to own more than 12 cats within city limits.

Lori D'Arensbourg, with Northside Humane received a desperate call from the owners last summer. They had 200 cats at the time. Northside Humane is a no-kill shelter and animal adoption agency in Ethel, La. D'Arensbourg agreed to help the couple find homes for all of the animals and worked out an arrangement with EBR Animal Control. As long as there was progress with the adoptions, none of the cats would be seized. D'Arensbourg enlisted the help of Spay Baton Rouge, to spay and neuter the cats.

NBC-33 met D'Arensbourg and the couple in June. The couple's health had deteriorated and the electricity to the home had to be shut off. With 126 cats still living inside, they were desperate for more help. Since the June airing, over 50 of the cats have been adopted.

Mary Fisher says her grandchildren will name the cat she adopted today - and that makes one more happy ending.

If you are interesting in adopting one of the cats featured on NBC 33 News, contact Northside Humane at http://northsidehumane.org/home

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