Urgent appeal as animal centre inundated with kittens

15:32 10 August 2014

Animal care assistant Lucy Lynch with one of the kittens looking for a home at RSPCA Southridge

Animal care assistant Lucy Lynch with one of the kittens looking for a home at RSPCA Southridge

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An emergency appeal has been issued by an animal centre near Potters Bar inundated with kittens.

Animal care assistant Lucy Lynch with some of the kittens looking for homes at RSPCA SouthridgeAnimal care assistant Lucy Lynch with some of the kittens looking for homes at RSPCA Southridge

RSPCA Southridge, in Packhorse Lane, South Mimms, is urgently looking for homes to house its ever-growing cat population.

“We are virtually at saturation point,” said centre manager Anna White.

“Anyone considering giving a home to a pair of kittens, or wanting a kitten as a companion to their cat, should come and see us as all our little ’uns will have been vet checked and microchipped, and arrangements made for neutering or spaying.”

Terry Pavey, the chairman of The Friends of Southridge, highlighted the scale of the problem.

He said: “We have kittens dumped in boxes and brought in by the public, left outside the gates of Southridge, pregnant stray mums who, frightened, often have to be trapped and brought in, kittens left at the vets, pregnant mums brought in by owners who didn’t get them done, and kittens brought in by inspectors answering calls for help.

“Goodness knows what would happen to these poor mites if the RSPCA and other animal agencies were not there to help.”

Neutering is the solution, according to Mr Pavey, who added: “It never ceases to amaze me that every year the same problems arise because owners just do not get their cat neutered.

“We are constantly fighting that old chestnut that you should let puss have one litter. No, you shouldn’t.

RSPCA Name a Kitten competition

With Southridge overwhelmed with kittens, the animal centre is asking Welwyn Hatfield Times readers to help out with some names for the homeless cats.

Pictured in the gallery above are nine cute kittens currently at the Packhorse Lane centre, South Mimms.

Simply email your suggested names to comps@whtimes.co.uk with ‘RSPCA Kittens’ in the headline field.

Alternatively, send your names to Welwyn Hatfield Times, Campus West, The Campus, WGC, AL8 6BX.

We will forward on the suggestions to The Friends of RSPCA Southridge, and print the chosen names in a future edition of the paper.

“There is absolutely no truth in this and all it does is add to the number of cats needing homes – and there are only so many homes to go round.

“Many rescue organisations run voucher schemes giving financial help towards neutering or spaying, so there’s no need for this seemingly ongoing animal welfare tragedy.”

The Potters Bar, Barnet and Hatfield RSPCA branch run one such scheme offering help towards the cost. Ring 07872 902710 for details.

The C4 scheme offers free cat neutering. This is a joint initiative between the RSPCA, Cats Protection, The Mayhew Animal Home, Cat Action Trust, Snip and Animal Aid and Advice.

RSPCA Southridge kittensRSPCA Southridge kittens

Ring 03000 121212 for more information.

If you can offer a home to the Southridge kittens, contact the centre on 0300 123 0704 or email southridge@rspca.org.uk

The centre, in Packhorse Lane, Ridge, near Potters Bar, is open every day of the week, except Wednesday, from 11am until 4pm. It is open from 1pm on Sundays.

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