Pussies galore! Help adopt these abandoned cats

April Soto needs to find homes for several kittens that she rescued from a Sunset Park home after the tenant died. Here, she poses with a little puddy cat we like to call “Chuckles.”
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

An animal rescuer is desperately seeking homes for dozens of abandoned cats after a renowned Sunset Park kitten hoarder died last week.

Chuckles is all male, super friendly and poops in toilet.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Volunteer April Soto initially discovered the overrun home on 41st Street near Sixth Avenue after neighbors complained of rotting food; mold-covered walls; smelly cat food — and, in a small yard outside, at least 15 felines scampering about unattended.

Mama has only one eye, but a double-sized heart.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

“The woman’s life had fallen apart,” said Soto, explaining that the 66-year-old woman had lived alone and struggled with mental illness. “The only thing she had was her bond with these cats.”

Blacky also has only one eye, but at least six lives left.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

The kitties were healthy, but the woman, a part-time receptionist, was not, so Soto did what she could. Then, last week, the cat lady was run down and killed by truck near her home, leaving the felines with no one to care for them.

Rosie is just six months old, so she’s a bit shy (but she comes out of her shell for catnip!).
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A relative took over the woman’s dilapidated apartment, but evicted the cats.

Mr. Geezer is the oldest of the cats. He’s laid back — but watch out when a can of Fancy Feast gets put down on the floor!
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Since then, Soto been hunting for pet lovers to adopt the cats.

“We don’t want to euthanize them,” Soto said. “So we really need help.”

Contact April Soto at (347) 419-0335 to adopt a kitty.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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