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Over 150 Cats Rescued From the Westmount Hotel

Donations are badly needed at the London Humane Society after they rescued over 150 cats from the Westmount Hotel in Woodstock.

WOODSTOCK - Over 150 cats were found inside of the Westmount Motel in Woodstock on Monday.

The animals were gathered by the humane society and taken to their Clarke Road shelter in London. OPP Constable Ed Sanchuk says police were at the scene to help with the rescue. 

"On Monday August 19th, around 10:40 in the morning, the Oxford OPP were contacted by the London Middlesex Humane Society with regards to standing by and keeping the peace while they attended a room at the Westmount Hotel. As a result, they have successfully removed over 150 cats, there are no charges pending, however any further inquiries should be forward to the London Middlesex Humane Society." 

All cats and kittens were triaged by veterinarians, and will be up for adoption in the coming weeks.  

Executive Director Steve Ryall says it was incredibly impressive to see his staff handle this delicate situation. 

"For me to watch the staff was very emotional, to see their training go to work and be put into function and also their personal intensity and love and care that they show doing their job, to be able to watch that happen was really impressive. I know they were very emotional throughout the day and also upon the completion of their day, it was a tough day for everybody. Also though it was a happy day because we were able to bring a 151 felines to the Humane Society." 

Ryall says the cats were in surprisingly good condition.

"I am not a veterinarian, but I was surprisingly happy in what I saw in terms of the condition of the animals. I can tell you they were place under different categories, such as hungry and thirsty, needing love and hugs and kisses and some were sent to the veterinarian for further treatment." 

Ryall did say this case is still under investigation and it is an active investigation. 

In the meantime The London Humane Society has gone from 60 cats to 211, presenting a massive increase in the shelter's veterinarian costs. Donations of food, kitty litter and cash are much needed at this time. 

You can also send monetary donations online here.  

Local resident Bobbie Hurst is also organizing a donation drive for the cats. 

The London Humane Society will accept the following from the list below:

Feel free to drop off there directly otherwise I will accept donations and bring to the human society. 

Donations can be dropped off at 624 Clarke Road. 

Weekdays: 1:00 – 6:00 pm / Weekends: 1:00 – 4:30 pm

If interested in donating please drop off at 808 Frontenac Cres. I will have a blue bin on my porch. I will then drop off the supplies. Or feel free to message me. 

London Humane Society

We will always accept the following types of unopened ‘Royal Canin’, ‘Hill’s’ and ‘Purina Pro Plan/One’ wet & dry pet foods:

- Kitten and puppy food
- Adult cat food maintenance (dental diet)
- Adult dog food maintenance (dental diet)
- Non clumping cat litter
- ‘Yesterday’s News’ cat litter
- KMR kitten milk replacer 
- Towels and small fleece blankets
- Small cat beds (new, unused only)
- ‘Feliway’ cat diffusers and refills
- Cleaning supplies (laundry detergent, bleach, paper towels, dish soap, lysol wipes)


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