A cat crisis is engulfing RSPCA centres in the county, with unprecedented numbers of felines now in their care.
Blackberry Farm in Aylesbury and the RSPCA Buckinghamshire South branch are both full to capacity. It is believed the crisis is down to several factors namely owners who can no longer afford to keep their pets and are giving them up, cats fall ill and owners cannot afford the vet bill and cats falling pregnant and having large litters of kittens.
The charity is calling on members of the public to offer homes to the abandoned cats.
Paul Williams, RSPCA Animal Welfare Manager for the East region, said: “No matter which RSPCA branch or centre you speak to, in no matter what part of the region, they all say the same: they are dealing with a cat crisis and it is getting worse.
“The RSPCA like other charities, needs help from the public – so please if anyone is thinking about taking on a cat, come to the RSPCA first – we have literally hundreds looking for new homes and a second chance.”
Blackberry Farm is currently operating on a one in, one out basis with 77 cats in its care.
So far this year 385 cats have come into their care and a collection of kittens was recently dumped at their gates. If you can rehome a cat contact Blackberry Farm on 0300 123 0752.
The Buckinghamshire South branch is desperate for fosterers as they have to pay for private boarding for the cats in their care and this has resulted in a drain on branch resources. Call 0845 3707526 if you can foster or offer a home to a cat.