Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rescuers still trying to catch cats in foreclosed Lakemore home

by Donna J. Miller

Scared cats huddle under a bed in a foreclosed Lakemore home.
Some of the cats living in a foreclosed Lakemore home.

LAKEMORE — Rescuers continue to find scared cats inside a foreclosed Lakemore home. The total count has risen to 90, says Eric Schickendantz, of Katmandu Rescue in Akron.

"It's unbelievable that so many cats could hide so well. This time I found them in vents and behind a cabinet base that looked solid," Schickendantz said.

The 61-year-old has been feeding the cats and cleaning the vacated house for the past two weeks. So far, two rescue groups have assisted, the Humane Society of Greater Akron and One-of-a-Kind Pets. Both shelters are already full of cats, so Schickendantz is asking for help from other rescue groups and anyone willing to be a foster home.

An Akron woman donated $1,500 to help pay for neutering and vaccinations. The bank that now owns the house wants the cats out within two weeks. The former homeowner told Schickendantz that the problem began with one female cat he had four years ago and never had spayed.

Anyone wishing to adopt or become a foster home can reach Schickendantz at 330-864-2879 or He also needs more cat carriers..."  More

This foreclosed Lakemore house is full of cats. Neighbors could smell the feces and urine.