THEY’RE cute and cuddly and need a loving home.
Three kittens were dumped outside Portsmouth & District Cat Rescue shop, in Southsea, and they need new owners to care for them.
Due to lack of space, the shop couldn’t take them in so they are living with volunteer, Kirsty Jones.
She had recently been overloaded with kittens as days before Rod, Jane and Freddy were dumped, three more kittens were found in a park in Buckland.
Luckily, one has already been adopted but more owners are needed as the number of cats abandoned is on the rise.
Kirsty, 36, said: ‘The kittens were left dumped in a carrier bag on the doorstep of Portsmouth & District Cat Rescue shop in Albert Road. The owners are struggling for space and an extra three kittens were just too much.
‘So I am fostering them at the moment but they need to find a permanent home.
‘Cat centres are just overflowing so finding a family is the only option.’
With one having been adopted already, Kirsty is hopeful that the other five will also find a loving home.
She added: ‘Cats are lovely to look after but some owners aren’t responsible enough. They think they can make quick money by breeding cats but lots of people are doing it so there’s too many.
‘People also don’t get their cats neutered which causes unwanted litters but there aren’t enough rescue centres for them.
‘But I am hopeful that these ones will find a home because they are so cute and so easy to look after.’
But Portsmouth isn’t the only area having problems.
The whole of the south is facing an increase in abandoned cats and the centres don’t have enough space.
Paul Williams, branch operations manager for the south, said: ‘The RSPCA is struggling on all fronts with this cat crisis.
‘Our inspectors are being called out constantly to deal with sick, injured, neglected or abandoned cats – our hospitals are full with injured cats whose owners appear to have dumped them.
‘So, please if anyone is thinking about taking on a cat, come to the RSPCA first – we have literally thousands looking for new homes and a second chance.’
The Portsmouth and District Cat Rescue shop is at 203 Albert Road, Southsea (telephone 023 9264 6143)