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Adoption Marathon For Cats Taken From Brooklyn Home Under Way

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FILE- A cat stares out from behind a cage at an animal shelter. (credit: Getty Images)

FILE- A cat stares out from behind a cage at an animal shelter. (credit: Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - An adoption marathon for cats is under way at a Petco store on Stillwell Avenue in Brooklyn where Josephine Marrero of Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella is attempting to find dozens of furry friends new homes.

The cats once belonged to Barbara Berger of Brighton Beach, who lived with 45 cats in her apartment. When her landlord told her that she had to decide between keeping the cats or getting evicted, Berger had to come to grips with the situation and let some of her animals go.

Brooklyn Rescue Umbrella will be at the back of the Petco until Sunday with the price of adopting a cat just $50.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

Around half of the 45 cats that were in Berger’s apartment have been removed, but only five of the cats have been adopted so far. The cats have bandaged paws and some are missing eyes, which poses a challenge for Marrero.

“A lot of them also had diet issues, so we had to stabilize their stomachs,” Marrero said.

Despite their health issues, Marrero can’t speak highly enough of the lovable little pets.

“Amy is adorable,” Marrero said. “She’s missing an eye, but she’s fabulous. They all have great personalities.”

Berger’s former cats are certainly having a powerful impression on some onlookers.

“When I see all these cats, I wish I could take them all,” one man considering adoption said.

Marrero plans to stay with the cats for as long as it takes and until each and every one of them finds a home.

Would you adopt a cat that belonged to Barbara Berger? Sound off with your comments below…

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