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Small cattery full to brim - and more cats waiting to come in
A COUNCIL is desperately looking for homes for unwanted cats as it revealed it has a waiting list of animals.
Stockton Council operates a small cattery, but has recently been inundated with more animals needing to be rehomed.
Some have been abandoned, but most have been handed over by people either moving into rented accommodation, or affected by illness or family breakup.
In some centres nationally even charities such as the RSPCA and Cats Protection League are so full to bursting with stray or abandoned cats they have run out of space.
Stockton Council has no statutory obligation to run its small cattery, but animal welfare officers set up the service ten years ago in the hope it would help stop cats being abandoned.
However, it operates on very limited resources and needs to ensure good homes are found, particularly for adult cats, as quickly as possible.
Animal welfare officer Michelle Johnson appealed for people who could offer a loving home to any cats to come forward.
“It’s really easy to rehome the kittens, but it is the adult cats that take up the space and that we desperately need homes for.
“We are not only full, but we have a waiting list of cats waiting to come in.
“If you do spot a cat that is not obviously injured or in distress – it may just be roaming, and so we suggest you leave it for a day or so to see if it returns home and please don’t feed them or you may find you have a new lodger whilst the cat’s owners have lost a much-loved pet.”
The animal welfare team also welcomes donations of pet food, toys and blankets to help the animals in its care as it operates on a limited budget.
Members of Stockton Council’s Animal Welfare Team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
For more information phone 01642-526575.
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