LAKELAND, Fla. - Recent animal neglect and hoarding cases in the Tampa Bay area led to a flood of animals arriving at SPCA Florida.
In the last month and a half alone, the Lakeland agency has rescued more than 100 dogs and cats to help out other nearby shelters.
Perhaps the worst came Friday, when the SPCA rescued nearly 50 cats from a filthy home in Ft. Myers, where the owner had been hoarding cats.
Monday, the group took in another 14 dogs from Manatee County to help with its overcrowding issue -- many were about to be euthanized.
"It's nice that, coming from such a background, she'll get love," said Nicole Murray, who adopted a kitten Tuesday rescued from the Ft. Myers home.
With so many animals, the SPCA is looking for more people to provide that kind of love.
Kim Domokos, an SPCA veterinarian, and her team worked quickly to to get all the animals spayed, neutered and back in good health.
"The goal is to get them out as soon as possible and into good homes so they're not being cooped up in here," Domokos said.
SPCA Florida said it can handle the influx because of its strong network of volunteers, a big foster program and deep discounts.
Right now, it's offering free adoptions for adult cats.
"People still have to go throughout he process to make sure it's a good fit for the animal, but that also boosts adoptions and gets the animals into loving homes," said Jessica Lawson, who is in charge of community relations for SPCA.