Strange case of 17 cats left on the side of a California road who were arranged in crates by color or breed

According to a June 30 report by, the Humane Society of the North Bay manager William Oglesby found several large animal carriers by the side of the road as he was leaving work on Wednesday. A total of 17 cats were abandoned with at least 75 percent of them over 10 years old.

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Many of the cats were found in poor health when found outside the Vallejo, California shelter. Their health issues range from thin and sickly to obese. Some have advanced teeth and gum issues. Since they’re in similar health it’s believed they all came from the same person or household.

Oglesby stated

“It could be somebody who just felt overwhelmed themselves and finally got it together to bring them down to have them taken care of.”

Kristin Eddy, President of the Humane Society board of directors said it was heartbreaking to know they suffered before being abandoned. The cats were organized in crates by color or breed. The black kitties were together and the tabbies were together. It was a strange and difficult sight to behold.

The video below has drawn a lot of haters who wish bad things on the person who dumped the cats. Eddy would like to remind people that at least the cats were abandoned where they would receive help.

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“We want to make it more of an educational opportunity. If you make it too hard for people to drop them off and be in a safe environment, then something even worse happens to them. As tragic as this is for these guys to come to us in this way and be left out in the street, this is the best way. At least they are safe and not running around or dumped somewhere else.”

It’s much more difficult to adopt out senior cats but the Humane Society of the North Bay has vowed to do their best to find them all forever homes. Oglesby said the cats may go to a forever home as soon as someone steps up to adopt.

“Getting homes will be a great challenge.If someone wants to let them live out the rest of their lives in the way they deserve, we don’t need to keep the cats until they are perfectly healthy. If someone’s willing to jump in and say, ‘I’ll take that old cat, I’ll get those teeth taken care of,’ we would be grateful.”

The cats have temporarily taken over the dog temperament testing room and appear pleased with this arrangement.

The Humane Society of the North Bay is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides shelter for animals who are lost, abandoned or are given up by families no longer able to care for them. They offer a second chance to adoptable animals and place them in loving, permanent homes. They also offer dog licenses and microchipping.

To donate directly to the HS please click here. Donations are also being accepted through the Second Chance Fund on their website. You may also use your favorite online retailer to have cat food or cleaning supplies shipped directly to the facility. The address is 1121 Sonoma Boulevard, Vallejo, California 94590


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7 thoughts on “Strange case of 17 cats left on the side of a California road who were arranged in crates by color or breed”

  1. Oh please they probably didnt have enough money to take all of them to the vet!!! Not all people are fortunate there are alot of people with mental disabilities and our government gives them barely enough to get by

  2. This was certainly not the right thing to do!
    The other part is the fact that these cats were NOT well taken care of..makes me more than angry..NO EXCUSE😡

  3. This is sad. I only hope that they were left shortly before opening and not left too long. Of xcourse this person should have done this a better way. But, perhaps they don’t have the wherewithal/stamina and got themselves in over their heads. Ultimately they are to blame, but the narrator is right ….at least they were left where they can be taken care of.

  4. Would it occur to anybody visiting this website to dump their cats at the roadside? I don’t think there is anybody. There are always better ways than that. That is about as bad as it can get in terms of surrendering your cat. I myself find it completely impossible and incomprehensible. That is not to say I am some super cat owner with all the answers. I am not. I just think we owe it to our cat companions to do better than this. The fact that the cats were in poor health indicates a sloppy approach to cat ownership which ended in a sloppy way.

    • My soulmate kitty Amby passed last Sept 9th, due to a medical mistake. I dont blame my vet of 30 yrs, it was a fluke. I cried all day for 2 weeks, then a few times a day for about a month. I still have days that are bad, even with the kitty I rescued, in January, being here. I cannot even IMAGINE giving a cat of mine away. If God would have said to me on Sept 9th, I will let you keep this cat, the love of your life, but you must give me your right hand instead, I would have done it. I miss him that much, EVERY day. Hearing about and reading this stuff that people do, makes me angry enough that I have to be careful I dont end up in jail.

      • I know exactly how you feel. For it is incomprehensible what these people do. They are alien beings to me. I feel that there are too many people who have cat who should not have cats.


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