If you’ve ever read my blog or tweeted with me you will be aware that I am an animal lover.
As such, during a recent trip to a fun day at Wood Green I seem to have accidentally acquired a new kitten! (See here for pics of her and help us name her?!) My little kitty was found at 3 weeks old in a terrible state and with no sign of her mother. She and her siblings had clearly been dumped, incredibly distressing for them and the poor mother cat.
During the process I overhead the ladies in the cat homing section say repeatedly to callers that they were ‘full’. I asked them about it and they explained that they literally were full, they had no available pens to put cats in so they’d had to set up a waiting list.
I then noticed on facebook that the local cats protection were also full.
Ditto the RSPCA.
Even the BBC news saw fit to highlight this as a problem.
So, if they are all full, what will happen to all the abandoned cats and unwanted kittens?
If you’ve been thinking about getting a pet, now could be a really good time to visit your local rescue center and rehome an animal.
Also, if you are thinking about getting a cat, how about getting a black one? Sounds mad but black cats and black & white cats are harder to rehome. http://www.cats.org.uk/news/full-up-with-black-and-black-and-white-cats
Before you point out that my new kitten is tabby, I also have a big lump of a black rescue cat at home too – you can read more about him here.
No matter where you live in the country, a cat charity called Cat Chat has a website with a list cat rehoming shelters and often details of the currently available cats, click here to take a peak! Go on…
If you aren’t in a position to offer a home to cat there may well be other ways that you can help. Most cat shelters welcome input from volunteers – could you spare a morning to help with feeding and cleaning their pens? Could you foster a mother cat and kittens until the shelter has room for them? Or could you afford a small monthly donation?
Above all, if you’ve got cats please get them neutered.