AN RSPCA animal shelter is reaching crisis point as it struggles to cope with an unexpected boom in abandoned cats.
The charity has seen nearly double the number of unwanted cats, which is stretching the resources at the Stubbington Ark to breaking point.
The shelter has received over 370 this year and it so far has only been able to rehome 250.
Head of the cattery Marianne Thompson said: ‘We are struggling and we need help.
‘We see cats coming into the shelter every day. However, some are left waiting longer to find their permanent home.
‘The cattery has become all too familiar for our two longest staying cats – Reggie and Mario – they have been waiting a year’
The shelter is in desperate need of people to give the cats a home.
The Stubbington Ark is one of the largest animal shelters in the country and has a catchment area of around 400 square miles.
It is run by the RSPCA and costs around £3,000 a day to keep open, relying on donations.
Trustee of the Stubbington Ark Penny Lynch said: ‘I’ve been involved with the Stubbington Ark for 25 years and this is the worst I have ever known it.’
The RSPCA has reported an increase in animals being abandoned across the country, and has said it usually experiences a sharp rise during the summer as people abandon animals to go on holiday.
In the past year, the RSPCA were called out to rescue more than 37,000 abandoned animals.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Ben Strangwood said: ‘The shocking fact is that even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish.’
He added: ‘It’s bad enough when we find a box of kittens wrapped in blankets on our doorstep with a note but now people are deliberately dumping their animals in out of the way places – like bins, skips or on waste ground – and leaving them to die.
Go to stubbingtonark.org.uk or call 01329 667541.