An unprecedented number of animals in its care has forced a charity to close its doors until further notice.
In the past 48 hours alone, NANNA (Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing and Adoption) in Irthlingborough has had more than 30 cats, 23 dogs and seven rabbits needing to be taken in by them.
The charity always tries to take animals in where they can, but charity co-founder and trustee Petrina Alderman says they have had to close their doors as they cannot cope or afford to look after any more animals at this time.
Mrs Alderman, who says this is only the third time they have had to close their doors since opening in 2004, said: “We have had an unprecedented number of animals come in.
“I cried myself to sleep last night because we are having to do this.
“We are letting the animals down when they probably need us the most.”
Mrs Alderman said while the number of animals needing to be looked after was rising, the donations being made to the charity was falling.
The main reason given for animals needing re-homing was their owners moving into rented accommodation and not being allowed to take animals with them.
Other reasons include people finding out they are allergic to their pets or having a new baby in the house.
But Mrs Alderman said: “People have got to be responsible for the life of an animal.
“They are treating animals like a commodity rather than part of the family.
“It’s going to be a little while before we can re-open as we have got so many animals in our care that we need to re-home.”
In total, NANNA has about 400 animals in its care either at the charity base or in foster homes being looked after by volunteers until a new home is found.
It costs the charity about £250 on average every time it takes in a dog.
But it is not just cats and dogs needing to be re-homed, the charity has been asked to take in 14 pigs over the past two weeks.
In light of the unprecedented number of animals coming in, the charity is appealing for donations of cash as well as tinned food for the animals or cat litter – the charity uses about seven bags of cat litter every week.
If you would like to re-home an animal or make a donation, call 01933 650372, 07921 215049 or go to www.nannaanimalrescue.co.uk.
Donations of food or litter can be dropped off at the charity based at Higglety Pigglety Farm on the A6 opposite Finedon Road, Irthlingborough.