RSPCA appeals for Bury residents to give homes to unwanted cats
ANIMAL-lovers across the borough are being asked to give an unwanted moggy a new home as RSPCA branches across the region face a cat crisis.
The charity says their animal centres have an unprecedented number of felines in their care — and the Bury group is no different.
There is currently no space at the headquarters of the Bury and Oldham district branch.
Staff have 38 cats in their care and have seen 103 pass through the centre so far this year — far more than at the same point in 2012.
The RSPCA believes the emergency is due to unneutered cats having large numbers of kittens and because owners are no longer able to afford to keep their animals.
Peter Bolton, animal operations manager for the Midlands and North, said: “Our inspectors are being called out constantly to deal with sick, injured, neglected or abandoned cats.
“Our hospitals are full with injured cats whose owners appeared to have dumped them.
“We have more cats than ever who have been cruelly treated and our centres across the region are just full with cats and kittens needing new homes.
“It is simply that more injured and abandoned cats are coming into RSPCA care than are going out.”
He added: “It is really sad because these problems could be avoided if owners just acted responsibly.
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