Hertfordshire animal charity 'is virtually full up'

PUBLISHED: 06:24 23 December 2011

The abandoned cats were taken in at the Kimpton centre

The abandoned cats were taken in at the Kimpton centre

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A CHARITY is appealing for good homes for animals in need this Christmas, after a surge in unwanted and abandoned pets.

The Blue Cross animal adoption centre at Kimpton is near capacity, with 26 dogs, 21 cats and 12 rabbits being cared for on site.

The number of pets taken in by the charity has soared 21 per cent this year nationwide, and Kimpton is no different.

Among the latest animals taken in at the centre were seven cats, who were anonymously dumped outside in a cardboard box.

Thankfully, all bar one have been found new homes – but there are plenty more at Kimpton still waiting to find a loving family.

Centre manager Lynda Campbell said: “We have so many animals here at the moment and it’s so sad to think of them spending Christmas in kennels, rather than in a family home.

“We even had to turn away some homeless rabbits recently as we’ve run out of space.

“Please help us find these animals loving homes so we can help even more.”

Mrs Campbell also warned people against buying pets as presents, as they can often later become unwanted.

She added: “Animals have so much love to give and they can be such an important part of family life.

“But cats and dogs can live for 15 years or more, so if you’re thinking of taking on a pet this Christmas, make sure you talk it through with the whole family and think about the time and costs involved.”

If you can give an animal a home, call 0300 777 1490 or visit www.bluecross.org.uk

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