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.
In our quest to find the right name for our as yet un-named kitty, we’ve amassed quite a sizeable list of potential cat names! Still don’t know what to call her (suggestions welcome) but hopefully the list might be of use to someone else! Picture of her cuteness at the bottom of the list.
Mrs Kitty Whiskers
Cringer (then Battle Cat)