THERE’S a growing cat and kitten crisis at the local RSPCA.
Staff and volunteers are struggling with the number of cats and kittens they currently have – and they now even have some that were found dumped in a skip.
Gary Noble, supervisor at the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District, said: “It’s so much worse this year than any other.
“We have some kittens now which are 15 weeks old and we’ve not been able to find homes for them. It doesn’t usually take so long.
“Perhaps as people are tightening their belts and the economy how it is they are not getting pets.
“But there are so many being born that we’re struggling to cope.”
Gary said the RSPCA has two cats due to deliver any day – and it comes on top of a few cats who have already delivered kittens.
The RSPCA also believes that un-neutered cats are one of the reasons behind the increase in the number they’ve had to care for this year.
Gary added: “If people are on benefits or cannot afford to have their cats neutered the RSPCA can help with vouchers.
“It will help ease the burden of so many kittens being born.”
The Halifax, Huddersfield and District branch said they were “struggling with the intake of cats and kittens.”
The branch added: “We are full to capacity and relying heavily on our fosterers.
“The problem just seems to be growing and growing and now we are at a breaking point.
“Many other RSPCA venues are struggling to cope too.
“It is simply that more injured and abandoned cats are coming into RSPCA care than are going out.
“Our black cats and kittens seem to be the most overlooked, unfortunately, as people tend to go for more colourful cats.”
The influx of cats and kittens has put a strain on food resources and they’re asking for donations to be made to the Animal Centre on Wade Street in Halifax.