CINCINNATI -- Experts say more people go to animal shelters looking for dogs than cats. And if a cat has special needs, the chances of being adopted go down even more.
The group Cincinnati Cats is working to change that. They help cats who are paralyzed, blind or with feline immunodeficiency virus, a disease that's similar to HIV in humans.
They're looking for people to take the cats home. Ashley Korb did.
"I fell in love with him and he gets along great with my kids and my dog," she said.
Korb works in the grooming department at EarthWise. Her store helps showcase the cats who need a little extra attention.
Korb's cat just had open heart surgery before she adopted him.
"He's all better now, with the surgery," she said. "It's fixed. He doesn't show any signs of slowing down or acting like anything that's wrong."
John Korra is the founder of Cincinnati Cats. Since 2009, the cat rescue has helped find homes for special needs cats that are in shelters and could be euthanized. The group works on a total volunteer basis.
"People who have a heart, that want to do just a little bit extra for an animal, these are perfectly good animals for them," Korra said. "They do need to have resources to accommodate the cats' needs."
This week, Cincinnati Cats received a grant from the ASPCA to help pay for the medical expenses of the cats who need surgery. Korra is hoping it helps more special needs cats find their special homes.