WAIF gets 43 cats from 1 house

Imagine herding 43 cats.

That's just what Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation staff is doing these days. Following a rescue of cats from a single home near Oak Harbor, WAIF's staff and facilities are stretched.

The 43 cats were taken from a single home in March when their owner became ill and was hospitalized.

According to Shari Bibich, shelter manager at WAIF, the owner was very fond of his pets.

"They were not abused, but some are in need of medical care," she said.

But the sheer number of them has stretched WAIF's resources. So now they need to get them adopted out as quickly as possible.

"These cats are beautiful and are in need of some loving attention," Bibich said.

Bibich hopes community members will come forward to adope the cats. In addition, WAIF needs volunteers to spend time petting and handling the cats, and to clean their cages.

Bibich said financial donations are needed to buy medications and special food.

For more information on how you can help, contact the shelter at 360-678-5816 or 321-5111 Ext. 250, or by e-mail at

Donations can be mailed to WAIF, P.O. Box 1108 Coupeville, WA 98239

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