Northants’ RSPCA at crisis point with cat numbers

Milo is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch
Milo is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch
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The county branch of the RSPCA has said it is at crisis point as it struggles to cope with an alarming number of cats and kittens in its care.

With 125 cats and kittens to look after, the Northamptonshire branch has said they are at breaking point.

Millie is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch

Millie is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch

As the branch does not have its own animal centre, some of the felines are in private boarding, while the rest are being cared for by fosterers.

But the branch just doesn’t have the space or the fosterers to take on any more, and still has a waiting list of more than 30 cats needing its care.

Branch manager Jacqui Kelly said: “We are completely struggling at the moment with 125 cats and kittens - we have so many more cats and kittens in our care than normal and we are aware of more than 30 due to come into our care with urgent welfare concerns and we just don’t have the space for them.

“We desperately need to find new homes for those currently in our care - then we can free up space to take in new cats.

Amber is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch

Amber is being looked after by the Northants RSPCA branch

“It is a constant spiral and we just hope that the public will help us.

“All the cats in our care are fully vaccinated, mircochipped, neutered treated for fleas and wormed, many have also had extensive vet treatment as well.”

In a bid to find homes for the cats in its care, the branch is having a re-homing event at the Animal Medical Centre in Northampton on October 12.

The event will be from midday until 4pm at the Animal Medical Centre at 1, The Drive.

Emma Markham, the re-homing manager, can be contacted before to arrange viewing or to find out more about adopting from the branch call 07840 926122.

Anyone interesting in re-homing a cat can email adoptions@rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk or vist the the branch’s Facebook page by searching for RSPCA Northamptonshire branch.