STAFF at Brent Knoll RSPCA rescue centre say they are overflowing with abandoned and unwanted cats.

The centre currently has a waiting list of more than 50 cats and kittens in need of help and is struggling to find room for them all.

Nikki Tutton, centre manager, told the Weekly News 2010 has been a year of too many kittens being born without enough homes for them.

It comes after three six-week-old moggies, dubbed Tom Thumb, Tiny Tim and Thumbelina, being cared for by staff in Brent knoll, were found dumped in a black bin liner, hungry and thirsty but amazingly in good health.

Nikki said: “There is absolutely no need for a female cat to have kittens anymore - the Cats Protection is very pro-active in welfare neutering as is the RSPCA.

“Pet owners really need to become more responsible in their decision before taking on a new animal.

“Vet bills should be considered a fundamental part of animal ownership and with veterinary examination fees costing in the region of £20 to £30 a sick or injured much-loved family pet can very quickly become a significant expense.

“The RSPCA as a charity has experienced a huge increase in the volume of pet owners asking for financial assistance to treat simple ailments.

“In the current climate every charity is fighting for vital funds to maintain the level of their work. The North Somerset branch of the RSPCA urgently needs the financial support to continue both its welfare and re-homing work.”

Any information about the kittens or anyone wanting to adopt a cat or kitten can contact Brent Knoll RSPCA on 01278-782671.