The Alberta SPCA has just concluded a two-month operation to recover 143 cats in Edmonton, Alberta. Once rescued, the cats were checked by vets, and were spayed or neutered. Some of the cats were then placed for adoption by the Humane Society, while others were taken to partner agencies. All 143 cats were recovered by the Alberta SPCA from just one home.\nThe cats were not found in distress but the animal welfare organization continues to stress the "importance of spaying and neutering to help control the pet population," the Alberta SPCA's press release explained.\nAccording to CBC News, the Peace Officers first visited the Edmonton home on December 12, beginning a two-month process of removing the cats from the premises.\nThe entire process was spread out across five visits. They were able to remove 35 cats on the first visit.\nCTV News reports that the operation was done in coordination with the homeowner, who will not be charged for having had 143 cats in his home. He will still be allowed to have a few cats under his care.\nIn a video posted by Alberta SPCA's on Youtube, the Peace Officers can be seen moving the cats to the Edmonton Humane Society.\nThey are being transported via a truck, with each kennel holding between 2-3 cats, seen purring or crying as they wait.\nThe spread-out method of the recovery was done to ease the removal process for the owner.\nIn their press release, Ken Dean, Director of the Animal Protection Services for the SPCA, says, "The gradual approach to removing the cats allowed the owner to properly process what was happening, and to reduce the shock of having the cats removed."\nWe recently removed 143 cats from a home in the greater #yeg area. The cats were generally in good health so they were removed gradually over several weeks. The costs will be over $25,000. More details about this - and to make a donation - can be found @ https://t.co/u75V6qIGyu pic.twitter.com/IupJXMpkUk— Alberta SPCA (@AlbertaSPCA) February 10, 2020\nThis is not the first time Edmonton has had a problem with a pet hoarding situation. As many as 72 dogs were rescued from an Edmonton home six months ago after showing signs of neglect and illness.\nAs mentioned by the SPCA's press release, Alberta has quite a cat over-population problem. Alberta SPCA has so far investigated 10 cases of people having 20 cats or more in their homes.\nThey have also had to take in many pets during winter distress calls. Looks like they have their hands full.\nView this post on Instagram It was another busy day yesterday with another 31 investigations opened, and unfortunately some very difficult situations that our Animal Protection team had to face. These are emotionally taxing days for the front line staff. But there are some positive stories as well. This little guy, along with a few other cats, were surrendered to us. They were living outside in abandoned vehicles, but now they're warm and they have full bellies. If you see an animal in distress outside of Edmonton and Calgary, please call our Animal Protection Line at 1-800-455-9003. For animal distress calls in Edmonton, call 311. In Calgary, call the Calgary Humane Society at 403-205-4455. Stay warm! #compassionforanimals A post shared by Alberta SPCA (@albertaspca) on Jan 15, 2020 at 8:45am PST\nAlberta SPCA is asking for donations from the public as the vet care and boarding of the cats are estimated to cost upwards of $25,000, as stated by MSN.\nYou can go on their website to make donations to help keep these cuddly cats healthy and safe.