AN animal rescue shelter is being overrun with cats as its waiting list grows longer as it tries to cope with demand.
The news comes after Hobo, an eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier (pictured below), was rescued from a garden after being found chained up and RSPCA inspectors had to call three different shelters before he was finally placed at Hillfield Lane, Stretton.
Jill Astle, cattery supervisor at Burton RSPCA said it does take in emergency situations like Hobo but as a result, has an astonishing six-month waiting list for animals such as cats, with rabbits and smaller animals waiting up to three months.
She said: “Like Hobo, some animals their owners can no longer look after them due to maybe a lifestyle change, and the animal is put to one side. They are not hurt but it is mental cruelty.
“Maybe people’s hours at work change and the animals are left on their own all day and dogs don’t cope as well as they need greater stimulation.
“It may take just someone to pop in and check on them and take them for a walk during the day just to break the day up.
“With the case of Hobo (pictured below), his owner couldn’t look after him anymore, but with other animals, we are finding more cats are being dropped off because they have fallen pregnant.
“We have such a large amount of cats and it is getting worse by the day. I thought last year was bad but this year is worse
“It is usually down to the neutering side of things. People are getting young animals and can either not afford neutering or haven’t thought about it and suddenly they have kittens.
“It can get too much and they even let then fend for themselves. We do get a lot of pregnant females.
“We have a six month long waiting list for cats as we are also taking in emergency cats usually via a vet as they are either poorly or neglected and we have to prioritise.”