SCAA is currently assessing a potential cat "project" to support that homes over 180 cats. Mr. Wang starting rescuing stray cats in 1995 when he was a successful businessman.
Over time, he continued to collect more, to the point where he had to sell his home to support the cats and ended up broke, unemployed and living four hours from Shanghai in the countryside (the only place he could afford and where there were few neighbors to protest).
A kind Shanghainese woman (who currently lives in the U.S.) started to support Mr. Wang and provides monthly funds for his rent and cat food. She contacted SCAA several months ago and SCAA agreed to consider sponsoring Mr. Wang if he agreed to all our (project terms and conditions) and to move closer to Shanghai. Mr. Wang moved to the Baoshan area in late 2006, and in April 2007, SCAA founder Carol Wolfson and partner PAW vet, Dr. James Holder, visited the hoarder.
Surprisingly, the cats are all in fairly good health and it was not necessary to take any of the cats out for emergency treatment or to euthanize from chronic disease, etc. Mr. Wang lives in a very large old house which has sufficient rooms to create isolation areas and a reasonable amount of room for the cats to live in.
We have already increased the amount of cat litter/trays to 20 (there is one room set aside just for the cats' bathroom area) and are in the process of getting all the male cats neutered and the entire population vaccinated. Mr. Wang also has 5 dogs (we have taken out two puppies which have already been adopted, and the male dogs have been neutered...we will try to get them foster homes whenever feasible).
Because not all the males have yet been neutered there are a few cats that have given birth and we will take out the kittens as soon as they are weaned so that there are no young kittens in the overall population (the youngest now is about 8 months old and Mr. Wang has promised not to take in any more cats, which is one of SCAA's required rules to support hoarders).
Our goal is test the cats for FIV and other diseases, slowly wean out diseased cats, create an overall healthier population, create a mentally-stimulating environment for the cats and slowly, adopt out the cats one by one. This all depends as well on Mr. Wang strictly adhering to SCAA guidelines. We hope to eventually take volunteers to this project, possibly starting in the autumn of 2007, but it's a slow process and we will take this project step-by-step.