Please give us a new home

Baxter, one of the cats ready to be rehomed by the Scottish SPCA. Pic courtesy of the Scottish SPCA. J
Baxter, one of the cats ready to be rehomed by the Scottish SPCA. Pic courtesy of the Scottish SPCA. J

A local animal rescue centre is desperately trying to rehome a number of cats after they were abandoned or neglected by their previous owners.

The Scottish SPCA’s Angus, Tayside and Fife Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre has been inundated with felines and are currently working tirelessly to care for 19 cats and kittens, seven of which are waiting for new owners.

And now the centre is appealing for anybody who could give a cat or kitten a new loving home to come forward.

Centre manager Lesley Clark said: “Cats are coming into us for all sorts of reasons. We’re taking calls every day from people looking to rehome their cats because they’re moving house or have a new job and can’t care for their pet anymore.

“It’s important that we find loving owners for the cats and kittens who are ready to be rehomed as this frees up much-needed space for the constant stream of new arrivals.

“We encourage anyone thinking about taking on a new cat or kitten to give us a call or come along to the centre to meet some of the fabulous felines we have in our care.”

Unwanted kittens have become a major problem for the centre as often pregnant cats are handed over to the centre.

Lesley added: “People also ask for our help when their unneutered cats become pregnant and they don’t want to have to deal with the unwanted litter of kittens.

“So one rescued cat can soon become four or five and this in turn means that our cattery spaces become occupied on a long-term basis with nursing mothers.

“Three of our kittens are currently being hand-reared, which is a round-the-clock job for our staff, but we do find it very rewarding when a kitten we’ve bottle-fed thrives and goes on to find a loving new family.”

If you can offer a cat or kitten a home please call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 and ask to be connected to the Dundee Centre at Petterden.