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This sweet cat is one of 11 animals that survived unimaginable cruelty. Now she needs a loving home.


You’re not going to like this story.

One of this week’s featured pets up for adoption at the Erath County Humane Society is Tara, a one to two-year-old female cat that was rescued from a cruel hoarding situation.

Tara was one of eight cats, two dogs and a wild bird locked inside cages that were kept in the back of a truck covered with a tarp.

The animals were held in the bed of the pickup parked at a motel in Stephenville for at least a month before they were rescued.

“It was a terrible situation; the cats were in really bad shape when we got them,” ECHS executive director Serena Wright told Beneath the Surface News. “One was so overheated that it was lucky it didn’t die.”

All of the animals were taken to the shelter where Serena and her staff are working to find them homes.

The bird was sent to a rehabilitation facility.

Tara has fully recovered and is now waiting to find a family to love and care for her.

“She is a little shy, but really enjoys pets and ear scratches,” Serena said. “She will make a fantastic cuddle buddy.”

Tara is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and litterbox trained.

And the woman who kept those 11 animals in such a dire situation?

Well, she was arrested and deported after doing the same thing a second time.



Bilbo is a one to two-year-old female American Pit Bull/Terrier mix.

“She was surrendered by her owner because of a housing issue,” Serena said. “She is very people friendly and loves attention.”

Bilbo is dog-friendly, but a meet-and-greet is recommended for those who have other dogs in the home.

“Because of the emaciated state she was in when she arrived at the shelter, it would be better to feed her separately since she may resource guard,” Serena said.

Bilbo needs some work on a leash and is not fully potty trained, but she loves to play in water and would enjoy a small backyard pool.

Bilbo is spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped, heartworm negative and on prevention.

She has been at the shelter since April.


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