Charity in ‘crisis’ as volunteers are forced to turn away animals

131346a RSPCA Appeal  RSPCA shop manager Carol Henwood,right and shop assistant Karen Fenton with the pictures of pets that need rehoming. Picture by Neil Silk 30/03/13

131346a RSPCA Appeal RSPCA shop manager Carol Henwood,right and shop assistant Karen Fenton with the pictures of pets that need rehoming. Picture by Neil Silk 30/03/13

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A Scarborough animal charity has stated that the number of animals in its care has reached “crisis” point - and it’s now unable to take in any more pets.

The Scarborough and District branch of the RSPCA has admitted that they are now being forced to turn away unwanted cats and dogs, due to unprecedented low levels of adoptions.

In a statement, the charity said that the kennel space it uses to house the animals was “overflowing”.

The charity added: “Although we recently added eight cat pens to our capacity, the cattery is full and we are now paying for additional kennels to accommodate the extra dogs that we have taken in.

“We do our utmost to bring in the animals that are in danger, ill or left behind when their owner passes away but we simply cannot bring in all the cats and dogs that we are asked to which invariably upsets people.”

The charity is understood to currently have around 50 pets that need rehousing.

According to RSPCA treasurer Sheila Owen, various factors to blame for the situation.

“There are some quite serious reasons for the number of people coming forward dropping - there not flippant,” she said.

“It could be financial reasons, and of course it’s Easter, and everybody is thinking about getting a bit of sunshine.

“I also don’t think a lot of people understand how we are set up.

“But whatever the main reason is, this is putting a great strain on our volunteers, as nobody wants to have to say no.

“But our biggest rule is that we don’t lie. We have to say that there’s no space now and there’s no space in the foreseeable future.

“It’s just heartbreaking.”

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