Can you give these kittens a new home?
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 September 2011 | UPDATED: 16:43 19 September 2011
DOGS are not the only strays on the rise, warns Kimpton’s Blue Cross centre, following recent stats released about our four-legged friends.
Stats by the Dogs Trust highlight a 45 per cent increase in abandoned dogs taken to its adoption centres.
But the picture is just as bleak for other animals, according to the Blue Cross, with the number of abandoned cats up 51 per cent, and rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets seeing a 79 per cent increase.
The Blue Cross animal adoption centre in Kimpton has already taken in 112 stray and abandoned animals – 69 dogs, 39 cats and four rabbits – between January and July this year.
These are the second worse stats in the country – behind Southampton with 145 animals – compared to an average 65 pets in other parts of the county.
"The sad thing is the majority of these animals could have been reunited with their owners if they had only been microchipped.
We are calling on the Government to make microchipping compulsory to get a grip on the stray pet problem in this country and stop it getting any worse.
All Blue Cross animals go to their new homes microchipped, fully vaccinated and assessed by an animal behaviourist."
Blue Cross’ head of rehoming Mandy Jones said: “It is tragic that the number of stray dogs is again on the rise this year.
“However, we are also seeing a big problem with the numbers of abandoned cats, rabbits and other small pets being found on the streets.
“We are concerned this steep rise may indicate that financial problems are continuing to have a profound effect on animal welfare. “We urge anyone struggling to cope to always contact an animal charity, like the Blue Cross.
“We are here to help and owners should never abandon a pet to fend for itself.”
Last month, an 18-month-old black and white cat was found with four tiny kittens by a member of the public, and taken to the centre.
As there was no way of tracing their owner and no-one came forward to claim them, the young family have been cared for by Blue Cross staff.
Thought to be just four weeks old on arrival, the kittens – named Gary, Gavin, Graham and Gerry – will soon be old enough to start looking for loving new homes.
If you can offer a second chance in life to them or mum Georgie, please contact the centre on 01438 832232.
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