We're set to rescue a cat every 15 minutes this summer
Cats may be one of the UK’s best loved companions but our figures, released today (June 1), show the popular pussy cat is a pet in crisis.
On average every 15 minutes throughout the summer we take in a cat that needs help and new figures show that throughout 2016 we collected over 30,000 from across England and Wales. More than a third of those were from across the summer months.
Summertime typically marks the start of kitten season for us and already our centres are struggling to cope with the influx of cats and kittens coming through their doors - each one in need of help and a new home.
Last year we rehomed thousands of cats but still there are hundreds in centres across the country waiting to be rehomed - and more set to be admitted.
We have more cats than any other animal coming into our care
Cat welfare expert Alice Potter said:
At the RSPCA we have more cats than any other animal coming into our care - and we struggle to find homes for them. At this time of year especially our centres are full to bursting.
The cats that come into our care are unique. Many have been rescued from neglect or cruelty or have been taken in after they were dumped and left to fend for themselves on the streets. We rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of cats every year.
We are always looking for people to help find homes for kittens and cats - whether that be adopting one of the loveable cats in our care - or taking one home to foster.
The summer months are very busy for us as it is classically kitten season.
Sadly there are so many unwanted cats in centres up and down the country - but each cat has his or her own personality and is just looking for someone to love them.
If you would like to rehome a cat, visit our find a pet page to find your perfect cat.
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