RSPCA’s desperate plea for cat owners after ‘worrying’ rise in homeless kittens | UK | News
Animal group workers in Northamptonshire have been desperate to find potential cat owners after 2021 was “their toughest year” for cat relocations. The branch is currently overwhelmed with an unbelievable 76 cats, having already housed 184 new cats this year.
The charity is concerned about the lack of adoptive parents and fears that cat breeding is to blame for oversaturation during the Covid pandemic.
Michelle Billingham, RSPCA Cat Adoption Coordinator, said, “The number of potential adoptive parents has almost dried up and has even stopped. But unfortunately the number of cats and kittens we take care of has not decreased and we are really being flooded right now.
“As a result, all of our care places are full and we even have a waiting list for others who would like to come into our care as soon as the place becomes free.”
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Ms. Billingham continued, “We hope that the reason people haven’t checked in lately is because they are school holidays and they wait to get back into their routine before taking in a pet.
“But we also fear that cats and kittens may have become saturated during the lockdown and that people have bred more who think they can sell them – and are now finding that no one wants them.”
RSPCA Northamptonshire will host a live virtual Facebook visit to their cattery at 6:00 p.m. today to generate interest in the cats in their care. Potential owners will have the opportunity to see some of the cats available for a new home and speak to staff about cat welfare.
One of the cats looking for a loving home is three year old Raffles, who was a stray before the RSPCA took him in. He’s suspicious of people but likes a little fuss, so would be best suited for a home with no children.
Another is Smudge – also three years old – who is considered a friendly and loving tomcat who loves company but can be over-excited at times. He would love to live with another cat and secondary school children.
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