Cats Protection swamped by cats as economic climate gets tough

Cats Protection’s Crowborough & district branch, which also covers Uckfield and the surrounding villages, has issued an emergency appeal in response to a dramatic rise in the number of unwanted cats needing the charity’s help.

The branch is part of the charity’s nationwide network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres, parts of which have experienced a sudden increase in the numbers of cats being brought in.

As a result, the charity – which normally looks after around 6,000 cats at any one time – has issued an emergency appeal asking people to consider adopting a cat to stop the situation getting any worse.

Miriam Bennett said: “This surge in unwanted cats is extremely distressing.

“It is a crisis for the cats and it piles additional pressure onto our volunteers. The branch is already stretched to the limit looking after the cats in its care.

“We are inundated with cats who have been given into our care because of the recession. People are having to leave their homes and are often unable to take their cats with them.

“We are struggling to find space for them in our foster homes and some of them have been with us for some considerable time. I fear this could push the branch to breaking point if it continues and leave us unable to help many more unwanted cats out there so we are urgently asking for help,” said Miriam.

“We desperately need more people to come forward to offer a cat a loving home, particularly to some of our older cats who tend to stay in our care for longer.

If people are unable to adopt a cat or kitten then a donation of just £16 could enable us to care for one extra cat – providing them with food, veterinary care and a warm place to sleep.”

If you would like to adopt a cat or make a donation, please call Cats Protection’s Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough & District branch on 01892 516377.

Carol Gordon, Cats Protection