AURORA, Ore. -- A nonprofit group has rescued nearly 40 cats from a hoarding situation in rural Clackamas County, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The group said there were still more cats inside the home.

Members of the group Meow Village were helping the occupant of the home to feed the cats when they realized there were at least 50 of them inside, some in need of medical attention, said spokeswoman Brooke Lindgren.

By Wednesday morning the group had rescued 37 of the cats.

The cats involved in this rescue are at different levels of socialization. Some are feral and need to be relocated to 'barn homes,' while others may be suitable for adoption into a family home, Lindgren said. We anticipate that some of the cats may need medical attention as a result of their horrific situation.

She said the group is trapping the cats and then having them vaccinated and spayed or neutered as needed.

Several animal shelters and animal care organizations have provide temporary homes for the rescued cats, but Meow Village was asking for help finding permanent homes.

Some of the cats were taken to Animal Care Clinic in Wilsonville. Their progress can be monitored here.

Anyone who can provide shelter or donate to the group was asked to visit the Meow Village website.

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