97 cats survive house fire in New York

97 cats survive house fire in New York
This photo, provided by Lollypop Farm shelter, shows one of the 97 cats rescued from a house fire in Perinton, NY, outside Rochester, NY, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Many of the cats suffered smoke inhalation, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester said, and it wasn't clear whether all of them would survive. (Paige Engard/Courtesy Lollypop Farm via AP) (Paige Engard/AP)

PERINTON, N.Y. — Nearly 100 cats were found after a house caught fire early Thursday morning, a New York animal shelter said.

Lollypop Farm, the Human Society of Greater Rochester, said many of the cats suffered smoke inhalation, the Democrat & Chronicle reported. It is unclear if all of them will survive.

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Posted by Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester on Friday, January 15, 2021

A fire, confined to one room, started around 1 a.m., officials said. Firefighters arrived to find two adults outside the home. They refused medical treatment.

The homeowner told the animal shelter there were 70 cats in the house. However the agency has so far removed 97. The shelter is asking the public for help adopt or foster the cats. Donations are also needed to help cover veterinary costs.

The fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.