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May 24, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Frankie's Friends in New Kensington agreed to treat 36 kittens who were taken from a Parker property by Homeless Cats of Butler.
Local Photos for Friday's edition with caption: Frankie's Friends in New Kensington agreed to treat 36 kittens who were taken from a Parker property by Homeless Cats of Butler. Submitted photo.

Homeless Cats of Butler is hoping a recent incident will help raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering cats.

A Parker resident telephoned Colleen Hofstetter, an administrator for the group, with concerns about stray cats overpopulating on their property.

Hofstetter said she visited the property on Monday and found 36 kittens in need of medical attention along with around 30 adult cats, none of which had been spayed or neutered.

Dr. Becky Morrow, a veterinarian with Frankie's Friends, posted a live video on Tuesday seeking the community's help. She said the clinic could use financial donations and items like kitten food too.

“They were all registering either emaciated or very thin. Starvation was a problem for these kittens,” Morrow said.

Morrow said two kittens have died while at the clinic, even with the staff taking small groups of the worst cases home with them for 24-7 care.

“There's several more that are in really critical condition,” Morrow said. “Even with doing everything right, it's still possible they won't survive this.”

Morrow said the kittens aren't the only concern. The adult cats still live on the Parker property, and Frankie's Friends have plans to work with Homeless Cats of Butler to trap and sterilize the adult cats in the next couple weeks.

This is an excerpt — pick up Friday's Butler Eagle to read the full article.

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