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Pets back after wildfires take homes


NORMAN, Okla. — When fast-moving flames raced through Cleveland County last August, residents had no time to gather their belongings which included dozens, maybe hundreds of family pets. 

Jim Cunningham returned weeks later to help his family rebuild.

He was greeted by a swarm of stray cats, 20 or more.

Cunningham said, “The more you feed them, the more they come around.”

Jim doesn’t have the heart to let them starve but it’s becoming more than he can handle.

He said, “They are so loving. You know, they had to come from a domestic situation.”     

The homeowners contacted animal control officers but were told they didn’t have the time or manpower to round up all the stray cats and kittens. 

Jim said, “They offered traps but we don’t have the time to do that. We have a home to rebuild out here.”       

Mr. Cunningham is hopeful the rightful owners eventually return to claim their pets before his homestead becomes a permanent animal sanctuary.