RSPCA Kent launches appeal after looking after 350 abandoned cats
An RSPCA centre in Kent is calling out for families to help adopt abandoned and stray cats in need after they are caring for over 350 cats across their three centres in Canterbury, Hersden and Thanet.
Carers are the centres are running out of space to care for the abandoned, sick or injured cats and the staff at the centres say that they cannot remember a worse time for the feline population.
It is feared that some of the cats particularly the injured ones that are not claimed may be put to sleep.
RSPCA brand support specialist Becky Blackmore said that "We need the public to support us to ensure we can continue to provide this service for unwanted, abandoned, sick and injured cats in Kent.
"For example, hundreds of cats involved in road traffic accidents each year remain unclaimed at the vets.
"Often the RSPCA has to spend hundreds of pounds on vets bills to get them fit to be rehomed but numbers and costs have escalated to such a degree that local RSPCA branches cannot meet the ever-growing demand without more support."
She also urged owners to get their cats nuetuered as soon as they turn 4 months old to stop the development of strays.
"Broadly the problem is that irresponsible and accidental breeding of cats is leading to our rehoming centres being full of kittens, growing into young cats, without sufficient homes being available.
"At the beginning of July in Kent, the RSPCA had 311 cats and kittens in their care with a further 60 at our Leybourne Animal Centre.
"Some of the branches run their own rehoming centres but others have to keep cats in private boarding facilities or fostering facilities and rehome them from there.
"Money has to be raised locally to make all this possible."
If you can offer a home to an unwanted cat, call 01227 719113 or 01843 826180.
Source: Canterbury Times