17:34 Thursday 17 January 2013

Burton's RSPCA to expand facility to cope with demand

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

AN animal rescue sanctuary is to tackle its growing cat problem by applying to build a feline isolation unit.

Stretton’s RSPCA branch has applied to East Staffordshire Borough Council for permission to build the unit to allow it to welcome new animals.

The unit will enable new cats entering the site to be checked over for infection before being allowed access into the cattery.

The branch will be revamping its the existing site and without the new facilities cannot take in any further animals.

Anthony Short & Partners, agent acting on behalf of the branch, said: “At present the existing cattery and dog kennels are too small to accommodate any new arrivals.

“The new cat isolation unit (CIU) is from a previous site in Birmingham which has just relocated into permanent accommodation and this has become spare.

“This CIU has been kindly donated to the Burton branch and has been transported to Burton and is awaiting planning permission to be erected on site for the continuing care of the stray cats in the area.

“At present new cat arrivals are seen in premises which are not up to the required standard which means that cross infection could occur between the new arrivals and existing residents.”

The new cat isolation unit is to be a temporary building until such time as the new cattery and kennels are built.

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