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Animal Shelter Gutted By Fire Seeking Homes For Dozens Of Cats

PINE GROVE, Pa. - An animal shelter is now back in business after a devastating fire. And now, it's working to find forever homes for dozens of cats.

The Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, has come a long way since a fire gutted the facility in January.

Two parrots were killed, but all of the employees, plus 60 cats and five dogs, were unharmed.

Manager Jessica Bettinger said those animals were moved to other shelters and that it's taken more than four months to recover from the damage.

"All of our meds were lost," said Bettinger. "I mean we lost a large amount of medication, thousands of dollars worth."

Bettinger said the old building is going to be demolished. The SPCA is presently working out of another building on the premises.

Now that the SPCA is back in business, Bettinger said kittens have been coming to the facility in numbers.

"Since we've opened, we've gotten over 50 cats. So, it's been busy, to say the least," said Bettinger.

It costs $50 to adopt a cat that has already been spayed and neutered. For kittens, the cost is $70.

Bettinger said customers get $20 back if their kitten is spayed or neutered at the facility.

"We have a cat for everyone," said Bettinger. "We have some cats that could do well in just a one cat household. They need to be king of the hill, and we have some cats that love to be in the company of others."

Medical tests are examinations are done on the cats to make sure they are healthy when adopted.

"They will give you unrequited love in the largest amounts," said Bettinger. "On your worst day, it doesn't matter, they are just so happy to see you."

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