Cat problem at its worst in 25 years in Hampshire
The main RSPCA animal centre in Hampshire is having its worst cat crisis in over 25 years.
The bosses at Stubbington Ark, which is near Fareham, have said that they are reaching a crisi point and are struggling to cope with the huge number of cats that they are trying to rehome.
Penny Lynch, the chairman of the centre has said that the situation is the worst it has been in her entire quarter of a century involvement.
She also said that their resources were being stretched to the limit.
The numbers of cats falling into the RSPCA’s care in Hampshire, have been gradually increasing over the past three years. They have now reached the point where there was a waiting list of two months in order to bring cats in, with emergency and stray cats being made a priority.
The centre is even having to pay veterinary surgeries in order to keep strays that they have treated until the RSPCA has room to accommodate them.
Their staff are now appealing for people to give their cats a loving home.
Among their visitors some have been staying at the shelter for extended periods of time. Three cats, for example, have been at the shelter for at least a year. So far this year, the shelter has taken in 372 cats and 251 have been adopted.
Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, Mrs Lynch stated that the financial situation is at the route of the problem, with people being forced to move into properties that don’t allow pets, and others not being able to afford vet bills.
She also added that they are seeing more and more unwanted kittens because owners aren’t neutering their animals.