More than thirty cats were rescued by Collier County Domestic Animal Services this week - all of them taken from a one-bedroom unit at Windsong Club Apartments in North Naples.
"She probably felt like her heart was in the right place," said Joann Gustine, whose aunt lives in a similar unit at Windsong Club.
Gustine doesn't know the woman who had all the cats, but knows that it can't be easy to care for that many animals, especially in such a small space.
"I mean, there's no way she could clean up after them," Gustine said. "It's hard enough to clean up after two."
The daughter of the woman living at the apartment called Collier DAS, after her mother told her she needed help with the cats.
"The more we looked around, the more cats we kept finding," said Dan Grossi, Field Operations Manager with Collier DAS.
Grossi said that among the animals they found were a couple of pregnant cats, and one that had a litter of kittens. But for the number of cats they found, they were in remarkably good condition.
"They all had food and water, and fresh litter boxes," Grossi said. "It was just that the number of cats, for her to continue caring for them, it was just too many."
He said that the woman was cooperative, and will not face any charges. But Collier DAS has taken in more than seventy cats in the past several days, and Friday began offering free cat adoptions until further notice.
"This case spotlights why we're so big on spaying and neutering," Grossi said. "This was a situation that started with a few cats, and they just continued to multiply."
The cats taken from the small apartment were not yet available for adoption by Friday. Grossi said that they first need to be vaccinated, microchipped, and spayed or neutered.