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Potters Bar RSPCA appeals for help to deal with growing 'cat crisis'
An RSPCA centre in Potters Bar is just one of many across the south of England to be inundated with unprecedented numbers of unwanted cats.
The crisis is so bad that some branches and centres are unable to take in any more cats at the moment and several have more than 100 desperately waiting for new homes.
RSPCA volunteers and staff say the pressure facing them is escalating and they are calling on the public to help by offering some of these cats a new home.
The RSPCA Southridge Animal Centre in Packhorse Lane, Potters Bar, recently took in several cats from a person who was keeping more than 40 Bengal and Bengal crosses shut indoors in dirty conditions.
A spokeswoman for the Potters Bar branch said: “We are trying to work with the owner to improve conditions for their remaining cats and in the meantime are working to rehome those animals that we took in.
“The cats are very timid due to not being handled or petted much but with time and care they are coming around.
“These cats are great with other cats but are scared of people and we are looking for quiet households where they will be given the time they need to settle into their new lives.
“This case illustrates the problems that occur through a failure to neuter cats, ending up with lots of unwanted animals.”
The RSPCA says the “cat crisis” is down to factors such as owners no longer being able to afford to keep them, or pay their vet bills as well as cats falling pregnant and having large numbers of kittens because their owners failed to neuter them.
To help give a cat a new home contact Southridge Animal Centre on 0300 123 0704.
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