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Pet re-homing charity say kittens being dumped in Tiverton
8:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Devon
KITTENS are being dumped by hard-up owners in Tiverton, according to a pet re-homing charity, which says numbers are reaching crisis point.
The Blue Cross Rescue Centre in Chilton Gate, Bickleigh, has seen a dramatic rise in the number of abandoned cats during the summer months, as have the charity’s 11 other centres across the UK.
The re-homing centre in Tiverton is currently looking after 12 kittens, including a litter of five born after their mother was abandoned on their doorstep.
She was found hiding in nettles, just a few days away from giving birth, and so staff named her Netty.
Centre manager Kate Wickens said: “It’s really lucky that we spotted Netty and were able to give her a safe place to have her kittens – but not all cats are as lucky.
“Sadly, it’s all too common that we see cats given up at Blue Cross centres, or being abandoned because they are pregnant and their owners can’t cope with the kittens.
“We really want to emphasise how important it is to get your pet neutered to help to prevent the birth of so many unwanted kittens every year.”
The centre, which has been helping homeless and abandoned animals since 1985, has a veterinary welfare clinic which provides treatment to pets belonging to owners on low incomes.
Kate added: “If you are struggling to cope with a litter of kittens, or any other pet, please don’t abandon them to fend for themselves. Contact a charity like Blue Cross who will be able to help.”
BlueCrossCentresacross the UK have seen the number of abandoned cats and kittens more than treble during the summermonths.
The charity hasbeen taking in an average of more than 150 kittens a month since May, compared to just 43 in January.
Anyone who thinks they could provide an unwanted kitten with a loving home or needs help and support to look after pets can visit www.bluecross.org.uk or call the centre at Tiverton on 0300-7771560.
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