The Humane Society Waterville Area has taken in 41 cats from what is being called a hoarding situation.

According to a story on, the cats came to the shelter on March 23 from north of the city. Representatives of the shelter did not identify the town the cats came from to protect the owner's identity.

According to the story, most of the cats need to be spayed or neutered, while some needed to be treated for upper respiratory illnesses and four cats were pregnant.

The Humane Society Waterville Area posted a video on its Facebook page of the cats in their carriers.

Here are the 41 cats taken in yesterday in their carriers. Thank you to the staff at Humane Society Waterville Area for taking wonderful care of these cats and making this transition as smooth as possible!

Posted by Humane Society Waterville Area on Thursday, March 24, 2016

The society posted an update on March 24, asking for donations to help offset the cost of taking care of the cats.

Here are some photos of the intake of 41 cats. They receive distemper, tape worm, round worm and ring worm treatment! If...

Posted by Humane Society Waterville Area on Thursday, March 24, 2016