An animal sanctuary that has been “overrun” with stray cats and kittens is appealing for people to offer the felines loving homes.

Alice Hannon from Ferne Animal Sanctuary with Riley who is looking for a home. Photo credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Over the past few months, Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard, Somerset has taken in eight stray cats, including a heavily pregnant cat and a three-week-old kitten, with more kittens on the way.

Many of the strays were in a bad way – emaciated with skin conditions, as well as eye and ear infections. However, they are now making good progress after receiving veterinary treatment and getting lots of care from sanctuary staff.

Rehoming manager Tara Nirula said: “We are urgently looking for loving homes with special people who can give these cats and kittens a second chance in life. The owners must have patience and commitment, but most of all, lots of love to give.”

One of the cats, named Riley (pictured), was very thin and in a “dreadful” condition when he was brought into the sanctuary a few months ago.

Ms Nirula said: “He has a deformed ear, which the vet believes is the result of a bad ear infection that was not treated at the time, but this does not cause any problems now. We think he is about five years old and at some point in his life must have been a loved pet as he is very friendly and affectionate, and will give kisses on command.”

Anyone who can help should telephone the sanctuary on 01460 65214 or email or visit:


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