STAFF at a Redditch-based animal charity are appealing for residents to help them tackle an ‘out of control’ stray cat population.
Mel Booth of Redditch Cat Rescue has admitted that this year is the first time she has seriously considered giving up rescue work as the problem seems never-ending.
“There is only so much suffering you can see – we are at our wits end and this year has been the worst without a doubt,” she said.
Mel added how the charity is battling a onslaught of cat flu which afflicts almost every feline they pick up.
“Some kittens have eyes so infected they are full of pus – which can sometimes lead to the eye blowing out completely.
“Sadly if both eyes are not salvageable it is kinder to put them to sleep.”
Mel put the rising population of strays down to owners not having their cats neutered or spayed.
She said: “It’s no use telling people how much it costs without offering any help.
“Some people are struggling to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads, let alone paying for neutering.”
But she said there is help for people on a low income or who are on benefits, such as Chris Ling who runs Redditch Neutering Services.
There are also a variety of other services available that should also be able to help with collecting and returning your pet if transport is an issue.
Mel and her fellow volunteers are also appealing for outdoor beds for ferals to sleep in and recuperate.
“We are in desperate need of waterproof igloos and small sheds where we can make a recovery pen for cats to get over their surgery – we would be eternally grateful for any help at all.”
If you can lend Mel your support contact her on 07505743963.
For information regarding neutering or spaying contact Chris Ling on 07803047198, Cats Protection on 0300 121212, Cramar Cat Sanctuary on 0121 445 1840 or the RSPCA on 01905 20822.