STAFF at Stubbington Ark say the animal rescue centre is full with unwanted cats.
The number of cats has gone up in recent weeks and staff at the RSPCA home say they do not have enough room to take in all the animals that are reported to them.
It comes as figures were released last week showing that the number of abandoned animals had gone up nationally by more than 30 per cent in the past five years.
At the moment, staff say there are around 120 cats in the Ark – a higher number than usual.
The waiting list is running until March for space for cats.
Cattery team leader Marianne Thompson said: ‘We have animals coming in for various reasons. Some of them are abandoned.
‘We get reports in from neighbours who say people have moved away and left their animals behind.’
She added that the recession has had an impact on the increasing numbers of animals in the Ark.
‘Veterinary costs are quite expensive, even just for flea or worming treatments.
‘A lot of it could be to do with that.
‘Some people say they will give them up because they can’t afford to feed them.
‘So it’s about making sure that there are places that can help.
‘Unfortunately, if people are going to abandon their animals then there’s not much that can be done.
‘If people are struggling to cope and they find they have to give up their animals it would be best to speak to rescue centres.
‘But a lot of places are in the same boat as we are.
‘We can’t always take them on. They may have to keep hold of them for a while so that we have space for them.’
Marianne is encouraging people to come in and adopt one of the cats and give them a loving new home.
‘If people are thinking about it now Christmas is out of the way, it would be a good idea,’ she said.
‘As long as they have got access to a garden.
‘We have got young kittens up to older cats.’
To find out more about the Stubbington Ark, call 01329 667541 or visit stubbingtonark.org.uk.