CHANUTE — The Southeast Kansas Humane Society traveled to Chanute to help a group of nearly 50 abandoned cats last week.

The 50 cats were left behind when the previous residents of the property were evicted. SEK Humane Society Animal Welfare Director Catherine Konek said about 30 were left, and 13 were brought back to the shelter.

“Some of the cats ran from us, so we couldn’t get them,” she said. “We also evaluated the number of fosters we could set up, number of kennels at the shelter and which cats we could safely bring back without spreading disease to the whole shelter.”

The humane society found out about the cats when Konek saw a Facebook post from an individual working for a company that was working on the property. The post explained that the cats had been left behind and the individual could not find a local shelter to take them.

“Many shelters in the area are full,” Konek said. “So they just don’t have room.”

All 13 cats chosen by the humane society spent received medication and spent a night at the shelter. A few have been taken in by fosters already, but Konek hopes to get them all to foster owners soon.

“We want to foster them all so they can get healthy and adjusted to humans before they come back to the shelter permanently to be adopted,” she said.

Fostering animals from the shelter is based on an application. If interested in being a foster owner, contact the SEK Humane Society Shelter at 620-232-1840.

All rescued cats will be up for adoption once they are recuperated.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.