As the last residents in Bangkok's centuries-old Mahakan Fort Community vacate their homes on Wednesday, Thai social media users this week expressed concern for more than 20 cats that will be left behind.
The cats, that are vaccinated and sterilized, were jointly raised by residents in the community. One female social media user identified by the nickname "Mod", urged people to adopt the cats as she was afraid they might end up being poisoned and killed.
It was reported that one resident had raised 10 cats that were now up for adoption as she could not take the cats with her to her new location.
Friends on the well-known Facebook page about Thai pet cats, "Toonhua Khong Bao" (facebook.com/kingdomoftigers/), which has more than three million followers, plan to visit the community on Thursday to check on the number of cats that will be left behind and catch them for health screening before finding new homes for them.
The community was vacated and the old wooden houses were demolished as Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans a new public park development.