260 Cats Rescued From ‘Crazy Cat House’ in Philadelphia

In northeast Philadelphia there is a sign on a fence outside of a home that reads, “I’m the crazy cat lady. And this is the crazy cat house.”

I consider myself (and so do many others) to be a Crazy Cat Lady, and I wear this badge with honor. But unlike the woman living in this Philly home, I do not share my abode with 260 cats, nor does my house smell like a giant cat urinal. I believe there is an important distinction between a healthy and unhealthy level of “cat craziness” – and when the cats’ or owners’ health is in jeopardy, there’s a problem.

Unfortunately, the crazy cat house became too much for her neighbors and the authorities were alerted to the rapidly deteriorating conditions of the woman’s home. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said that officials had been working with the owner of the northeast Philadelphia property, who actually had a license to run an animal shelter for several weeks, but finally the 260 cats had to be removed by officers wearing respirators. It took an entire day to capture all of the cats and transport them to SPCA’s north Philadelphia shelter, where veterinarians examined them.



The elderly woman, who was not identified, said she started a non-profit shelter called Animals in Crisis in 2002 in response to the great number of homeless cats in Philadelphia. However, over the years she claimed she became overwhelmed and unable to care for so many cats.

“This is a sad situation involving a woman who wanted to help animals but got in over her head and couldn’t provide the care this number of cats requires,” said CEO Jerry Buckley of PetSmart Charities who was providing some of the resources needed to handle the influx of so many cats at one time to the Philadelphia SPCA. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure the wellbeing of these cats.”

Recently, the PSPCA announced that their investigation of Animals in Crisis is still ongoing but they will likely file charges against the woman in the near future. All of the cats are healthy enough to go to new homes have been put up for adoption.

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones6 months ago

Poor little mites. Bless the Humane Society and all the local welfare groups.

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brown7 months ago

thanks for sharing

Past Member 10 months ago

I hope they all find loving homes

Stardust Noel
Stardust Noel10 months ago

Poor kitties! I didn't see this when it was new, so I hope all these kitties are now in good homes living a normal life.

Sylvia Walker
Sylvia Walkerabout a year ago

It is a thin line between rescuing and hoarding. It's easy to be carried away. I am not sure this mowan is a bad one, but animals suffered from a lack of common sense. I am glad all of the cats have been rescued.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompsonabout a year ago

The lady needed to be a little selfish and think about herself too.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Croweabout a year ago

I want to take in every cat who needs love and a home, but my husband won't let me! He made me stop at 5, but then he brings home an abandoned baby kitten 4 weeks ago. I bottle fed her every 4 hours, so there is no way I am letting her go somewhere else.
Now, we have to stop!! Our bed was crowded before with 5 cats and us in it.

Mary Cromley
.about a year ago

Terrible, terrible woman. Should be locked up for the rest of her life.

Nikolina J.
Nikolina J.about a year ago

sad story. you want to help all or as many as you can but you also have to provide for these animals