Nine cats rescued from dangerous living conditions in Traverse City are now looking for loving, new families.
Cherryland Humane Society found out about the situation when they were called to the house earlier this month.
Inside they found the nine neglected cats, took them in, and nursed them back to health.
Days later the owner of the home passed away.
9&10’s Caroline Powers and photojournalist John Harrington have more details on the role you can play in what comes next for these furry friends.
Wendy is one of nine cats rescued from a Traverse City home by Cherryland Humane Society.
Now they’re hoping that a new family comes by and takes her home soon.
“They kind of started off in a not so great situation so we want to make sure that they’re healthy and they can just be placed in a loving home,” says Heidi Yates, executive director of Cherryland Humane Society.
Cherryland Humane Society went in with masks, pulling the animals from unsafe living conditions.
“We were looking for help, especially from a veterinarian that could possibly go in and help us assess the animals so we knew kind of what we were facing,” Yates says. “Because, as with any case like this, we want to make sure when we bring the animals here that our population is protected also.”
Dr. Carol McKee with Community Cats of Benzie County stepped in to fill that void.
She describes what she found inside the house.
“They were in, I would say, a deplorable situation,” Dr. McKee says. “They didn’t have a litter box, peeing and pooping in the house. Someone was feeding them, so they were in good body condition. Some had severe dental disease. They all had ear mites.”
But with love and attention over the last three weeks both groups have helped nurse the cats back to health.
“We’re looking to place them in good homes. They’re vaccinated. They had dental work, they had lab work for health screens,” says Dr. McKee. “I would love to see them get in a home where they, again, have a loving home with a lap to sit on and lots of love.”
If you’re interested in adopting any of the cats you can contact Cherryland Humane Society at 231-946-5116, or Community Cats of Benzie County at 231-383-3639.