The six kittens, so thin they could slip through the chain-link fence, crawled out from under the wooden deck in search for food.
Their home was at the vacant house for sale on Roachton Road in Perrysburg.
Neighbors worried for the half-dozen babies whose mother was hit by a car on Roachton last week.
“They looked pretty frail,” said Bernie Weis, 78, a retired meat cutter at Foodtown Stores, who lives next door. “We figured we had to do something.”
They fed the cats and then set up a trap to safely catch the animals so authorities could help find them new homes.
On Tuesday, Perrysburg city animal control officer Jeff Studer held up a metal cage that contained two of the kittens -- a white-and black-one and a pure black one, who both meowed weakly. The cats, about six or seven weeks old, seemed in good health, he said.
“Mom was a pretty good mom,” Officer Studer said. “She had them hidden in a nice quiet spot.”
He plans to return later tomorrow to see if the four remaining kittens, likely sleeping in the shade on a hot day under the deck, have been caught.
Officer Studer also tried his best to convince the neighbors to adopt one of the kittens.
“If I were a betting man, I’d bet one of these gentlemen are going to own one of these cats,” he said, holding the cage as Mr. Weis stood next to him. “I’ve been doing this a long time.”
“I wouldn’t bet on that, Jeff,” Mr. Weis, a self-proclaimed dog person, said back.
If anyone is interested in adopting the kittens, they can contact South Suburban Animal Hospital, 5100 Brockway Dr., at 419-872-0920.