WATERVILLE, Maine. (WABI) - "The conditions they were in were really hard to think about and really hard to see."
Last month, authorities say a dozen cats were seized from an abusive situation in Waldo County after being found in a storage container.
They were taken to the Humane Society Waterville Area.
"Just even a week later, their bellies started to fill out, they got more playful because they were really, really scared when they first got here."
We're told the cats were being stored in plastic dog crates and had been abandoned for nearly three weeks without water, food, or litter.
Three of the cats were deceased upon arrival, one passed away shortly after, and one was humanely euthanized.
"They went from skeletal, shy, scared creatures to amazing, playful cats. So it has been amazing to watch them develop into their full potential, and they are changing every day."
Five of the surviving cats are now up for adoption through a special process.
"Two of them are in bonded pairs, and we are going to have their bios available at the shelter. People can call in and ask questions about the cats themselves."
You can stop by the humane society and pick up an adoption application, but you can't see the cats right now.
You also need to provide three references and submit a letter explaining why you would like to adopt the cats.
"Once we choose a finalist for their adoption, then that's when we will have people come in and meet the cats, and we want to make sure the fit is perfect for the family as well as the cats."
"They are not going to get bounced around. They are not going to go to an unstable home, like where they go is where they are going to stay."