KC Pet Project inundated with cats

06/02/2014 3:53 PM

06/05/2014 1:23 PM

The KC Pet Project is dealing with a sudden intake of as many as 150 cats after a “large-scale hoarding case” in Kansas City.

“We have cats and kittens everywhere,” shelter spokeswoman Tori Fugate said Monday. “We’re housing them in the basement.”

Kansas City police tweeted that they were “helping a cat hoarder get help” after seizing the animals from her properties. The cats were discovered in three apartments in the Northland. Animal control was continuing to collect the cats and take them to the animal shelter Monday afternoon.

Many of the cats are ill and will require extensive medical treatment. Pregnant cats and kittens will require foster homes.

KC Pet Project had already taken in about 80 cats in the past week. Fugate said it will be a few days before any of the new cats will be available for adoption. Many of them are not socialized or feral and will be eligible for adoption only to outdoor or barn homes, she said.

Monetary donations may be made at www.kcpetproject.org/donate or mailed to 4400 Raytown Road in Kansas City, MO 64129.

Donations of Petco and PetSmart gift cards, large wire crates and unscented, clumping cat litter are urgently needed and may be dropped off at the shelter at 4400 Raytown Road, at the Zona Rosa location at 7351 N.W. 87th Terrace or at the Petco pet adoption center at 11620 W. 95th St. in Overland Park, the shelter said on its Facebook page.

Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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