FRENCH SETTLEMENT, LA (WAFB) - A woman in French Settlement says she is being forced to get rid of some family members, 17 to be exact. After losing her job, she can't afford to take care of her cats anymore and on top of that, she's also being evicted from her home. She says she's more worried about finding her cats a place to live, than finding herself one.
"This is breaking my heart," Kelly Pilley said through tears on Wednesday.
When Pilley first moved to her home, seven years ago, she moved in with 20 cats. And now she's worried about what might happen to them if she can't place them in other homes.
"It's very hard. I love them and I wish I could keep them all."
Pilley has one week to find her felines another home. She says caring for them has become overwhelming.
She says her job was phased out, she took a new job but her salary was cut in half. Now she has no way to pay the house bills and keep up with the cats needs. She says they are all up to date on shots and they are all spayed or neutered, but paying for the vet, food and litter is taking a large toll on her.
"I want to find people that will take care of them and love them as much as I do," she said.
So far, she's adopted out three. Leaving her with 17. She says she never intended to take in that many cats, but in her old neighborhood strays were being killed. She and her daughter took in several cats and it just spiraled from there, she says.
Now, facing an eviction because of money problems, she has nowhere to go. But she's more worried about finding her pets a place, by next Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
"I don't want them to just be taken and put to sleep."