Cat group hit by big rise in homeless pets
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.
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