Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy, but a Manheim Township, Lancaster County woman has to do just that — 39 times.
Rhonda Goss and her fiance Tom Groff have 44 cats. They learned last month they can only keep five, after someone contacted Manheim Township about the number of cats in the home.
Manheim Township has an ordinance that allows just five cats, dogs or a mix of both per household.
When asked how difficult it will be to choose just five, Groff said, “It’s impossible.”
Added a tearful Goss, “You try and pick five.”
By all accounts, the cats are very well cared for. Goss’ veterinarian, Dr. Fayez Awad of Dr. Awad’s Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown, said she’s a responsible pet owner.
“She is doing everything possible to help her cats,” Awad said. “And this is what I admire her really for.”
Goss’ love of her cats is clear. They have their own bedroom, playroom and plenty of room to roam around.
A few years ago, the couple says their home was visited by someone from the Humane League of Lancaster County to follow up on a complaint, and found no issues.
“He said, I’m just going to put this to bed. He said these cats live better than I do, and they do,” Groff said.
Messages left for the Manheim Township zoning officer handling Goss’ case were not returned as of Tuesday night, but Goss said she was given a deadline of December 21st to find new homes for her felines.
If you are interested in adopting one of Goss’ cats, you can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (717) 538-5664.