Dozens of cats rescued from a house fire in Galax are now being cared for at Angels of Assisi in Roanoke.
The fire started around 4:30 Sunday morning. Two residents woke up to the sound of the fire.
So far, the cause of the fire has not been released.
Many of the cats suffered severe smoke inhalation and received treatment from Galax-Grayson EMS.
Angels of Assisi has taken in a large number of animals in recent weeks. About two weeks ago they rescued 18 dogs from a home in Floyd County.
“It can be stressful, but we just have to take a deep breath and do what we do,” Angels of Assisi dog trainer Bobbie Wiggins said.
Because they had taken in so many animals impacted by hurricanes, executive director Lisa O’Neill says they were prepared.
“It’s extremely important. Animals’ lives are at stake,” O’Neill said.
“Not just the animals from the rescue, but for an animal shelter like maybe Floyd or Galax, they only have a limited amount of runs, so when they get hit with a large rescue, that puts the animals in their shelter in jeopardy.”
According to the Galax animal shelter, pet owners are only allowed to have 3 animals in a home. So the owner of the 30 cats got to keep three and surrendered the rest, but they were healthy when they were surrendered @WFXRnews pic.twitter.com/oomSiFqNQU— Eric Pointer (@EricPointerWFXR) March 26, 2019
Angels’ medical team will treat the cats further. They will be up for adoption within the coming days.
“We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and without the support of our community,” O’Neill said. “The donations that come in are anything from food, to treats for the dogs, to blankets. And then people who donate money, that goes to all of the medical care. And it also helps pay for extra staffing.”
The shelter is asking for any donations such as cat litter, Purina Cat Chow or even toys.