The Florida Humane Society in Pompano Beach sustained some SERIOUS damage after a mysterious culprit flooded the building! Last Thursday, Humane Society president Carol Ebert got a call in the morning that water was coming out of the building’s back door!
Staff members who went to check out the problem initially thought that a water pipe had burst— it’s the most likely explanation after all! But once inside the facility, they found a faucet that was running FULL BLAST for 17 hours!
The resulting damage left 3 to 4 inches of standing water, which damaged cabinets, floors, and walls in 8 rooms! A good portion of cat food and cat litter also had to be thrown out. The damage was estimated at about $5,000 and many walls and cabinets will need to be replaced because of mold!
But the important thing is NONE of the residents were hurt. About 30 cats were in the building at the time, but they were all safe and dry on countertops and high sleeping perches. And the kitten cages were also posted high up. Some of the cats have even had to be relocated due to the extensive damage!
So just who was the paw-petrator? Terry Arbour, a volunteer at the shelter said, “We can’t be sure which cat did it, because we don’t have cameras in there, but we have a good idea because there was one younger female cat who really liked playing in sinks. There was a tall spout in the sink that moves around, and the cat somehow was able to turn it on.”
The staff members are unwilling to rat out one of their own so they’re not naming any names! They did say that the suspect has since been ADOPTED! They’ve told the new owners “this cat is intelligent enough to turn on water faucets.”
But they’re definitely finding the humor in the situation. Arbour joked, “It’s possible there was collusion from [other cats], but she probably had something to do with it… It’s quite a mess. And we can’t imagine what our next water bill is going to look like.” The shelter is accepting donations to help with repairs and to cover the cost of the lost food and litter.