THE RSPCA Lincolnshire East Branch is calling on the public’s help to rehome an array of unwanted kittens.
The branch currently has more than 20 kittens waiting to find new owners and staff are unable to take in any more abandoned felines until they can find new homes for those currently in their ca
The high number of kittens is mainly a result of many pregnant cats just being dumped by their owners, days before they are due to give birth.
However, some kittens, which were only a few days old, were abandoned with their mothers.
Cherrie Bartlett, rehoming co-ordinator for the Lincolnshire East Branch, said: “We have an unprecedented number of kittens in our care at the moment and we really need to find them new homes as quickly as possible.
“To have this amount of kittens at this time of year is quite staggering and very worrying.
“It is absolutely heart-breaking that these poor cats, especially mums-to-be, have just been dumped and left to fend for themselves.
“Many people would think that kittens would find new homes really easily, but this year has been tough and we just are not getting the people coming forward to rehome them.
“The sad fact is that the number of people coming forward to adopt a cat or kitten has become fewer and fewer, yet the number of people who choose to abandon them, seems to be more and more.
“We have to find new homes for all these kittens fast, because we have a waiting list of more cats and kittens that need to come into our care, but we just can’t take them at the moment because we are so full.”
The RSPCA is urging people considering getting a cat or kitten to avoid answering ads in newspapers or buying them from shops or even car boots, and to take home a rescue animal that desperately needs a new home.
Kittens and cats purchased by ads or at car boots are unlikely to be up to date with their vaccinations.
If you are able to offer a home to a kitten at the Lincolnshire East branch, please contact 01205 319059 or visit www.rspca.org.uk and click on the pet search section.