Ap­peal to home cats as char­ity is ‘very, very full’

RSPCA team launch plea for own­ers as hun­dreds of pets ar­rive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Unsolved Murders - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Homes are needed for cats in Ash­ford as a char­ity re­veals it is full to the brim with an­i­mals.

There are cur­rently 62 cats and kit­tens in the RSPCA Ash­ford Gar­den Cat­tery, in Sta­tion Road.

The team there say they are in­un­dated with fe­lines for sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing peo­ple giv­ing them away due to ex­pense or be­cause they aren’t be­ing neutered.

An­i­mal care as­sis­tant Mag­gie Thomas said: “We are very, very full.

“We don’t have space for any­thing.

“Since Jan­uary this year, we’ve had 220 come in.

“Over the same pe­riod last year we had 189, so it is up.

“Last month, we had 30 kit­tens and six adults brought in on one day. We’ve still got the kit­tens be­cause they are not old enough to leave their mums. They are tak­ing up room.”

One cause of the cur­rent cat cri­sis is that own­ers are not get- ting their pets neutered in time, which is push­ing the kit­ten pop­u­la­tion up.

In ad­di­tion, Ms Thomas said that the ris­ing cost of pet sup­plies doesn’t help.

She adds: “Ev­ery­thing has gone up. We of­fer a low-cost neu­ter­ing scheme for low in­come fam­i­lies. Neu­ter­ing a cat doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence to their health.”

Since Jan­uary, the cat­tery has re­homed 150 cats, but many re­main un­wanted.

Among those look­ing for a new home is tabby Hope, who is about two or three years old and “loves a fuss”, and young male cat Ben­jamin, who is re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken jaw.

The kit­tens will also need re­hom­ing in about a month.

The cat­tery is open ev­ery day 11am to 3pm, ex­cept Wed­nes­days. Call 01233 646855.

Hope and Bruce are among those look­ing for new homes

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