RSPCA centres in England and Wales have been inundated with so many cats and kittens that many of the animals are having to be kept in private boarding or in foster homes. The charity is appealing for new owners, who are desperately needed to provide permanent, loving homes for them.

RSPCA centres in England and Wales have been inundated with so many cats and kittens that many of the animals are having to be kept in private boarding or in foster homes. The charity is appealing for new owners, who are desperately needed to provide permanent, loving homes for them.
 
Lots of catsSince the beginning of 2009, an average of 21 cats have been taken in every single day at the charity’s 16 regional centres with other independent branches and shelters suffering a similar plight.
 
The RSPCA Central and North East London branch is currently looking after more than 100 cats and kittens, while the Enfield and District branch is looking after around 90 animals – more than it has had at any one time in the last 35 years.
 
The Putney Animal Hospital is also bursting at the seams with cats that have been involved in road traffic accidents, abandoned or suffered injuries. But with rehoming centres full to capacity, many animals are spending more time at the hospital or with foster carers while they wait for new homes.
 
The Little Valley Animal Shelter in Exeter is currently looking after 42 cats despite only having space for 32 and they are still receiving regular requests from the public and RSPCA inspectors to accommodate even more.
 
With this in mind, the RSPCA is urging anyone considering getting a cat or a kitten to avoid answering ads in newspapers or visiting pet shops, but to take home a rescue animal which desperately needs a new home.
 
If you rehome a young cat or kitten from the RSPCA, the usual adoption fee includes the neutering operation, microchipping, a full veterinary check, worming and flea treatment and any vaccinations they may require.
 
Find your perfect animal companion using RSPCA’s pet search.

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