‘Help us pre­vent a kit­ten cri­sis’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AS THE weather gets warmer, spring also brings the birth of hun­dreds of un­wanted kit­tens. Many are aban­doned or sold cheaply on Gumtree and other web­sites and eas­ily end up in the hands of abusers.

We are ex­pect­ing 2015 to be the worst year for un­wanted kit­tens. Last year, we took in 286 kit­tens, which in it­self was a 19 per cent in­crease on the year be­fore.

Tracy Deamer, An­i­mal Wel­fare Of­fi­cer said: “Although we al­ways take in a large num­ber of kit­tens dur­ing the warmer months, the ex­cep­tional in­crease we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced over the past cou­ple of years has put an in­tol­er­a­ble strain on our al­ready limited re­sources.

“We had to set up all our spare kit­ten pens in our of­fice as we were com­pletely full at the cat­tery.

“I’m wor­ried about what that will mean for us this sum­mer. We are head­ing for a kit­ten cri­sis.”

Our An­i­mal Wel­fare Team res­cued more than 53 kit­tens in April alone, which is nor­mally a quiet month. It’s hard work and it’s heart-break­ing, but it’s the re­al­ity of this time of year for us here at the RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West.

We ab­so­lutely need to be ready for the in­creas­ing need and block book an­other six cat­tery pens in our cur­rent site, for at least July and Au­gust. It will cost £3,348, which is why we are des­per­ate for your help.

If we leave it too late, all the spare pens will be used by mem­bers of the public, board­ing their pets dur­ing hol­i­days. Please help us to pre­vent a kit­ten cri­sis.

It costs just £9 a day, for one cat­tery pen. Please can you help us to be able to help lo­cally aban­doned kit­tens? With your sup­port, we will have the re­sources to rent much- needed ad­di­tional cat­tery pens, and also buy kit­ten food, milk, bot­tles and bed­ding.

Please send what­ever you can af­ford so that the next kit­ten who miaows for help, is heard. Thank you.

Your do­na­tion could make a real dif­fer­ence to kit­tens like Tick and Tock (pic­tured), who were res­cued by an RSPCA in­spec­tor af­ter a con­cerned mem­ber of public dis­cov­ered them cow­er­ing in a bush.

Thank­fully they are no the worse for their or­deal and are now hop­ing to find new for­ever homes where they will live in the lap of luxury for the rest of their lives.

We are hop­ing some­one will be able to adopt both of th­ese boys to­gether, as they are fast friends and love play­ing to­gether. Please call 02089669688 to adopt Tick and Tock.

n RES­CUED: Tick and Tock

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