Purrfect pets need good homes

Record numbers of cats and kittens, rescued by the RSPCA, looked after at Alma Vetinary Surgery, looking for new homes. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114115a
Record numbers of cats and kittens, rescued by the RSPCA, looked after at Alma Vetinary Surgery, looking for new homes. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114115a

NEW homes are being sought for these and other furry friends at Scarborough RSPCA.

The charity has made an urgent plea for people to come forward who could give an unwanted or abandoned animal a fresh start in life.

Record numbers of cats and kittens, rescued by the RSPCA, looked after at Alma Vetinary Surgery, looking for new homes. Picture by Andrew Higgins  114115a  10/10/11

Record numbers of cats and kittens, rescued by the RSPCA, looked after at Alma Vetinary Surgery, looking for new homes. Picture by Andrew Higgins 114115a 10/10/11

The cat rehoming centre at Alma Vets in Alma Square is full to capacity, and there are also a number of dogs and rabbits in the area that need a new home.

Becky Marson, veterinary nursing assistant, said: “We’re full to bursting with adult cats and kittens. It’s the busiest I’ve ever seen it.

“They’ve all got their own personalities and would all be suitable for different type of home.”

One black female cat was found abandoned in Falsgrave Park in a box.

She is being checked over by a vet then will be ready to go to a new home.

The cat is said to be in fairly good condition and has been neutered.

There are also two mums, each with a litter of kittens, who can be rehomed separately or together.

One litter of kittens was born on August 26 at Alma Vets and the others are slightly younger.

Lesley Waters, of Scarborough and District RSPCA, made a plea for people to come forward if they can offer a home to any of these animals, or the dogs and rabbits.

She said: “We are really in dire straits at the moment.

“It has gone so quiet - that the waiting list of animals to come in is getting longer.

“In fact we have had to say that there will be no more cats accepted for three months or until things improve.”

She added that in the last couple of years, the charity has been unable to hand out as many neutering vouchers for cats.

As a result more kittens handed in this year and there are more still to come in.

In an effort to prevent an even bigger influx next year, funds have been set aside to provide help in getting cats neutered.

Vouchers are available from Alma Vets and the RSPCA shop in Victoria Road.

People are welcome to make an appointment by calling either Alma Vets on (01723) 360484 or the RSPCA on (01723) 371935.

Potential new owners will also be given a home visit, to make sure that they can offer the right kind of environment for their new pet.