Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare in East Sussex has been given a boost, thanks to a donation from pet insurance company Petplan.
Raystede has been in operation for more than 60 years and rescues and rehomes 1,500 animals each year.
Its fund-raising and communications officer Peter Lourd said the donation had come at an extremely useful time.
“The money has been used to care for more than 60 newborn kittens as we’re experiencing an unexplainable surge in the number of abandoned cats and kittens coming in,” he said.
“This money has been essential in providing the necessary health checks, microchipping and collar tagging to all newborn kittens, as well as supplementary feeding and veterinary care for pregnant adult cats.
“During such a busy time, it will also contribute to our continual educational work around the importance of neutering pets to avoid unplanned pregnancies.”