Cat group hit by big rise in home­less pets

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Chris Denham cden­ham@thek­m­

CATS’ Pro­tec­tion is be­ing in­un­dated with un­wanted pets as the re­ces­sion be­gins to bite.

The wel­fare group has 10 places for cats need­ing help in Rom­ney Marsh, Ten­ter­den and Ash­ford.

But it has five times that num­ber wait­ing for a place – even though it has re­cently found room for more than 10 thanks to the gen­eros­ity of its foster car­ers.

With the eco­nomic down­turn start­ing to take its toll, there are more and more home­less cats need­ing help.

And while many peo­ple help the cats they find lurk­ing around their homes looking for food, there is only so much pa­tience for the un­spayed tom that uri­nates on gate posts and ha­rasses fe­male cats.

A vol­un­teer with Ten­ter­den Cats’ Pro­tec­tion said: “It has gone crazy. We are get­ting four or five calls a day and we are con­cerned about what is hap­pen­ing to those cats we can­not help.

“Quite of­ten they are en­tire toms [un­spayed] and you can’t have them in­doors. We’re say­ing to peo­ple just let them sleep in your shed un­til we can help. We are happy to take, neuter and re­turn cats, but peo­ple of­ten don’t want them back as they fight with other cats.”

A 62-year-old man has been found guilty of mur­der­ing a school­girl whose re­mains were found at a house in Mar­gate. Peter Tobin will serve at least 30 years in jail af­ter be­ing con­victed by a jury of killing 15-yearold Vicky Hamil­ton. The teenager dis­ap­peared in Bath­gate, West Loth­ian, on Fe­bru­ary 10, 1991 on her way home to Red­ding, near Falkirk. Her body was dis­cov­ered buried at a house in Mar­gate in Novem­ber last year. Tobin de­nied ab­duc­tion and mur­der charges, claim­ing he was in the Portsmouth area and trav­el­ling to Scot­land when the school­girl van­ished.

Pic­ture: Ed­in­burgh Evening News

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