People were forced out of a condemned Northland motel. Not only did the guests have to find a new place to say, but their animals too.
KCTV5's Betsy Webster held one of nine cats taken from the Extended Stay Inn motel located off Interstate 35 and Northeast Antioch Road. They all belonged to one man, who had a heart attack when the place was condemned and now his little babies are looking for a new home.
The two kittens are in the best shape of the bunch. The others come with some significant skin issues, from ear mites to fleas and more.
"They've had a bit of a rough go you can tell. This is a broken ear here that's been healed over," said the cat care supervisor for the Kansas City Pet Project Crystal McLeod Baker.
When you consider the conditions the people in the motel were living in – drugs, pet feces, faulty wiring, infestation of mice and roaches - you can imagine the animal care wasn't the best. One cat was so malnourished he had to be put down. But workers at KC Pet Project said the rest are fairly social and came in already neutered and spayed.
"You can tell they've lived with people, they've lived inside. I think it's just a matter of there were a lot of them and they probably weren't getting a lot of the attention they deserved," Director of Shelter Operations Teresa Johnson said.
The cat's struggling owner is in a hospital bed now and agreed to let the folks at the Pet Project put them on the road to recovery and into several new homes.
"They get better pretty quickly," Baker said.
Meanwhile, shelter workers said animal control is checking back at the motel daily because more cats could literally come out of the wood work.
"I've not seen the property but I understand there were holes that were allowing the cats to crawl inside the walls and so there is some talk that there are other cats still remaining in that building," Johnson said.
The shelter is also holding a dog and two of his buddies for another displaced family from the motel. Those, however, are not up for adoption, because that family is hoping to find a new place where they can live together again.
Kansas City's animal shelter is at max capacity and needs your help. Just this week they've taken in 165 animals the majority are dogs.
They're offering some specials to find the furry friends forever homes.
The KC Pet Project adoption specials consist of:
Every Friday in October all dogs 25 pounds or more are only $25.
Saturday if you bring a can of dog or cat food, they'll knock $10 off the adoption fee.
Also it's name your price adoption fee for adult cats. Kittens are $50 each or two for $65.
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