AN animal charity is being stretched to the limit after being inundated with hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens who need loving new homes.
The Cat Action Trust 1977 say the problem is escalating in the borough and 90 per cent of the cats that currently need rehoming are the direct result of pet owners failing to neuter their animals.
Karen Beevers who has been volunteering for The Cat Action Trust 1977 for four years is currently caring for 18 cats that need rehoming alongside looking after for her own seven cats.
Karen, 36, of Balby who juggles her time volunteering with working full time at Cooplands said: “It seems to be a massive problem in Doncaster that pet owners are not getting their cats neutered.
“It is a major problem for us because means we have hundreds of unwanted litters that need rehoming, a female cat can have up to four litters a year.
“People also don’t realise the health implications of this, in female cats who are constantly having litters it can reduce their life expectancy drastically and they may only live until the age of about four, it can also lead to ovarian cancer if they are neutered.
“Tom cats can also develop feline aids and testicular cancer.”
The charity that operates a network of foster homes in and around Doncaster rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming stray cats and kittens is urging cat owners to invest in the simple procedure.
“People who may struggle with the cost can get help with vouchers from the RSPCA and other charities and vets sometime offer special deals on the procedure.
“It is so important for pet owners to do this we want to raise awareness and if we can find loving homes for some of the cats and kittens in our car in the process that will be a bonus.” added Karen.
Hannah Marshall, head of nursing at The Pet Vet in Balby said: “We find that people not neutering their pets is a big problem in Doncaster concerning both cats and dogs.
“We encounter a lot of unwanted pregnancies and pet owners don’t realise the serious health implications that can arise if this simple procedure is not carried out.”
The Pet Vet offers neutering for dogs from £90 and from £30 for cats.
Pet owners on benefits can get the procedure at a reduced rate.
To find out about adopting a cat from The Cat Action Trust 1977 contact Karen on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07940792205. Alternatively visit twww.catchat.org for a list of some of the cats and kittens currently available.
The charity conduct home visits before rehoming the cats and also ask for a donation to continue with their work. The web-based charity, are tasked with finding loving, permanent homes for over 5,000 unwanted and abandoned cats every year.