Humane society seeks help after taking 150 cats from Woodstock motel

The Humane Society London and Middlesex is making a plea for donations after more than 150 cats were rescued from a Woodstock motel on Monday.The Oxford County OPP were at the Westmount Motel on Monday to “keep the peace” while 151 cats were removed from a motel room by the humane society’s animal protection team and taken to its London shelter on Clarke Road.Motel staff confirmed knowledge of the incident but declined to comment. The motel’s owner was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.Const. Ed Sanchuk said no charges were laid as a result of the incident, but confirmed it was a situation involving a person staying at the small motel on Woodstock’s Beachville Road.Humane society executive director Steve Ryall said the agency used an emergency plan that’s in place should there be an abundance of animals to take in for care.Ryall said it was “very emotional” watching the staff triage the animals, feed and hydrate them, and check for fleas. Veterinarians examined all of the animals.“We use the word heroism for our staff who go in and do what they did. It was emotional to watch,” he said.The animals are of all ages, from kittens to older cats. Ryall wouldn’t go into detail because an investigation is ongoing.Police were not able to comment on what would have led to that many animals living in a motel room, nor whether there were any mental-health concerns involved.Fortunately, the agency put out a public plea just a week ago for cat food and the response was so overwhelming staff was running out of places to stack it.The extra food will be used up in the coming days now that the number of shelter cats has surged from 60 to 211.Ryall said the society’s biggest concerns are the vet bills stemming from the cat rescue and the necessary increase in staff hours to give the animals care.He asked the public to be patient about possible adoptions and said there are dozens of other cats available that need homes. Moving them out would free up more space for the others.“We’ll probably be announcing some special days as animals become available,” he said. “I look forward to watching these kittens go home in the near future.” We want to hear from you Send us opinions, comments and other feedback. E-mail your letter to: [email protected] (no attachments please) Or go to Letters should be kept to 150 words. read more