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NOVELTY, Ohio -- It's raining cats and dogs at the Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village shelter where 94 cats and several dozen dogs were recently rescued from two separate homes.

Executive Director Hope Brustein says both cases, which are now being investigated, involved large numbers of animals in very small spaces.

"It's a really shocking thing for one. We have to have people go into these situations and usually the filth, the squalor, the actual smells, and sights, and sounds are almost unbearable for people to go into," explained Brustein. "And there's great sadness because these animals have been kept from the care they need and the socialization and human contact they need."

The animals were moved to Rescue Village a few weeks ago, here staff and volunteers have been working around the clock.

"Lots of overtime, lots of people working on fumes, but doing what they do best and with skill and love for the animals," said Brustein.

This shelter allows animals to stay as long as it takes for them to be placed in a good home.

The staff is alsoanticipating that anadoption drive this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will help attract more families.

"I think this work is really critical and life-saving for the animals. Taking animals out of situations which truly don't meet the basic acceptable standard," said Brustein.

"If you're out there and you're in trouble with your animals, if you're over your head, if you can no longer take care of them, don't let it go to where you have all these animals and they're not living in satisfactory conditions," she explained.

Rescue Village is located at 15463 Chillicothe Road in Novelty.

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