A CHARITY has put out an urgent plea for people to come forward and adopt cats after an usually slow few months.
Fareham and Waterlooville Cats Protection has nearly 30 cats in need of loving homes after demand for its service slowed during March and April.
Volunteers at the charity, which places cats with foster families until they find a new home, said they are full and have cats waiting to come to them which they cannot accept until the current cats are rehomed.
Nicky Davies, team leader for rehoming, said: ‘We always have a couple of youngsters waiting to be rehomed but they are normally easy, but we are going into the holiday season and we are experiencing a slow patch.
‘We rehomed around 20 cats and kittens in June but we had the worst April and May that we have ever seen.’
Mrs Davies, of Whiteley, said the charity was still trying to catch up from the backlog and that some of the cats had been waiting to find new homes for more than three months.
She added: ‘Nobody can give us a sensible answer as to why it was so slow.
‘It’s the older cats that I am worried about, as they are harder to place.’
The charity is particularly keen to rehome black cats Jude and Audrey, four and five years old, who need to be rehomed as a pair.
It would also like to find homes for tabby Polly, five, tabby Purdie, eight, black Bess, eight and black Winnie, eight.
These are the cats that have been in foster care for the longest, some of which are placed at Aristocats Cattery, in Swanwick Lane, Swanwick and at Furballs Cattery, in Southwick.
Mrs Davies said the catteries threw a lifeline to the charity when they agreed to look after some of the cats temporarily, something they are incredibly grateful for.
Mrs Davies said: ‘At the moment, they are all full up and we have cats waiting to come to us.’
Fareham and Waterlooville Cats Protection is staffed by volunteers and relies on donations.
It held a stall in Fareham Shopping Centre on Saturday, which it does regularly to promote their cats and collect donations.
It will also be holding a stall at the Wallington Village Fete, on the Wallington water meadow, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday.
Mrs Davies encouraged anybody who is thinking of rehoming a cat to come along and talk to the volunteers.
Adopting a cat from Fareham and Waterlooville Cats Protection costs £50, which includes neutering, microchipping, flea and worm treatment.
For more information or to see the cats available go to fareham.cats.org.uk or call 0845 260 1504