AN animal rescue centre is being forced to cope with an unprecedented level of demand for its services, its boss has warned.
Yvonne Asker, manager of the RSPCA home in Hillfield Lane, Stretton, branded the situation ‘a nightmare’ and made an urgent appeal ‘for Santa to come early’ to give staff relief.
New figures show they have looked after more than 100 cats and kittens every month since May, taking in more than they have re-homed every month except October.
The centre now has 61 kittens and 50 cats under its roof and a waiting list of 92 cats.
Mrs Asker said: “Since May it’s been a nightmare. We’ve never had this amount of cats and kittens as we have had this year.
“It’s so bad and we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel at the moment. It’s just a very sorry state of affairs.”
Abandonments, strays, traffic accident casualties and victims of illness are continuing to provide a regular supply of newcomers.
But with the busy post-Christmas period just weeks away, current trends suggest the strain is only likely to grow unless supply decreases or demand rises.
Mrs Asker admitted staff were ‘worried’ about the challenges ahead.
She pleaded with people not to give animals as Christmas presents and to ensure pets owned were microchipped and spayed or neutered.
Mrs Asker indicated that in the meantime the RSPCA staff would do its best to care for and re-home the cats and kittens in its care — as well as a full kennel of 23 dogs and 18 rabbits, six rats, two gerbils and a cockerel.
To help staff cope, Mrs Asker said they would be grateful for donations of cat litter, kitten and rabbit food, and dog treats.
She said: “People have been very generous with the kitten food but it’s the litter we tend to run out of because we are having to change the trays a lot because of the number we have in.
“We are just waiting to see if Santa can come early for us.”
The manager said people could either place donations in the home’s charity boxes in Sainsbury’s or Tesco or staff would try to collect them.
Mrs Asker said: “People’s support is tremendous. Without it we would not be able to continue.”
More information is available from the centre by calling 01283 569165.