Cats are abandoned at 'unprecedented rate' in Bolton, warns RSPCA
CATS are being abandoned at an unprecedented rate across Bolton.
The RSPCA is warning that the pressure to take in and re-home cats is leaving the animal welfare charity at bursting point.
There are more than 1,700 cats in RSPCA care and waiting to be homed in the region.
And in Bolton, RSPCA staff have, to date, rehomed 20 per cent more abandoned cats than in the whole of last year.
Julie Ashcroft, the RSPCA’s Bolton branch administrator said: “We have a limited capacity in Bolton. I have a small cattery in my garden, which can hold three cats and we also put the cats which have been found, into two private catteries, so the total number of cats we can currently take care of is approximately 26.
“A couple of weeks ago we were at bursting point and that is reflected in the figures which showed for the whole of last year we re-homed 80 cats, while in 2013 we have already re-homed 102 cats.
“We do what we can and at times we have kept them in garages and in volunteers’ bedrooms — but on the whole we have somehow managed to get through."
The problem of soaring numbers of strays is being blamed on a number of factors, including owners no longer being able to afford to keep them because of the recession and spiralling vets bills.
Mrs Ashcroft added: “People are finding it difficult to feed themselves never mind their pets, but I would plead with them to contact us if they are having difficulty affording them. We would rather keep them in their homes than find them abandoned on the streets."
The RSPCA offers a cat neutering service for £10 and runs a regular fortnightly clinic to advise people on how to care for their cats. For more information telephone 01204 521160.
l To find out about pets that need rehoming see tomorrow’s Animal Magic page in The Bolton News.
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