THE Scottish SPCA says it’s “feeling the strain” of caring for more than 2000 unwanted and neglected cats so far this year – a three-year high for the animal charity.
Almost 1800 cats have already been given homes, but the organisation is still caring for hundreds more and is hoping for food donations from animal lovers to help it through the winter period.
Its 10 animal rescue and re-homing centres are so full that temporary accommodation may also need to be found.
Anyone thinking about getting a cat or kitten is being encouraged to consider giving an unwanted or neglected pet a home rather than buying from a private seller or breeder.
Superintendent Sharon Comrie said: “Some of our centres’ catteries are already full, while others only have one or two spaces free.
“Worryingly, less people are enquiring about re-homing cats at the moment, which means they are spending weeks and sometimes months in our care with little interest.”
Donations of cat, dog and rabbit food can be handed in to the Angus, Tayside and Fife Centre at Petterden, Dundee, any day between 10am and 4pm.