Hope and Hugo are just two of the many unwanted and abandoned kittens that Cats Protection is asking the general public to help through its KittenAid Appeal this summer.
The UK’s leading feline welfare charity is currently inundated with thousands of kittens, as a result of unneutered cats breeding in the warmer weather. Donations are desperately needed to help the charity look after them as well as find them loving new homes.
Some, like Hope and Hugo, came to the charity in an extremely poor state, according to Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Natalie Andrews, Deputy Manager of the Centre said:
"Hope and Hugo were underweight, flea-ridden and suffering with stomach problems when they came into the charity’s care back in April. Hugo in particular was at death’s door, but thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers, both kittens have made a full recovery and are ready to find new homes."
Janet Wickens, Head of Fundraising and Communications added:
"Sadly there are many more cats like Hope and Hugo that need the charity’s help – our 29 Centres alone are expecting 6,000 kittens, with our 261 Branches taking in many more. We are doing our best to cope but we also have our hands full looking after the thousands of cats that are in our care at the moment. I would therefore appeal to people to give generously to help us give these kittens a second chance in life."
Individuals can also help by homing a cat in the charity’s care and/or neutering their pet cat.
Maggie Roberts, the charity’s Head of Veterinary Services, explained:
"One unneutered cat can produce up to 18 kittens in a year, so neutering really does help to reduce the numbers of kittens that are brought to the charity or dumped and left to fend for themselves. Neutering also makes cats less likely to fight and pass on diseases transmitted through biting and saliva, so it will greatly benefit your cat’s health."
If you wish to make a donation to Cats Protection’s KittenAid Appeal, please call our freephone number: 0800 917 2287 (lines open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm).
Alternatively, you can donate online via www.cats.org.uk/kittenaid and see how your donations will help the UK’s homeless kittens.