Surge in abandoned kittens and pregnant cats

Jul 18, 2016

Due to a surge of abandoned kittens and pregnant cats, Ferne is desperately needing help to expand its services to provide a Special Care Cat Unit to cope with the high volume of cats needing help.

In the last month alone, over 20 abandoned kittens have been taken into the care of Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

Every year the problem becomes more severe, and with kitten season in full flow, sadly this year has already reached a critical level and Ferne is struggling to accommodate the ever increasing numbers. This also includes kittens from heavily pregnant mothers, also dumped with less than days to go until they gave birth.

It has become so bad now that they are quite literally bursting at the seams. Both catteries are full and extreme measures have been required in the form of using the Sanctuary’s animal surgery area, which is far from ideal.

Tara Nirula, Rehoming Manager is appealing to anyone considering adopting a feline into their family: ‘We are urgently looking for loving homes with people who can give these kittens a second chance in life. The owners must have patience and commitment but most of all, lots of love to give.’

If you can help with either a donation of money or the offer of a good home, we’d love to hear from you.

Anyone wishing to adopt kittens is asked to call the Sanctuary on 01460 65214 to discuss suitability and to arrange a viewing appointment. A pre-home check will be conducted before any animals are released into the adopter’s care.

If you are unable to adopt a kitten from Ferne but you would like to help, you can donate towards their Special Care Cat Unit appeal. Steph Sterndale-Bennett, Fundraising Manager explains more: ‘We are currently undertaking a 12-month appeal for funds to help us build a special care unit which will enable us to accommodate more cats and kittens in need of extra TLC in the years to come. This is becoming increasingly important as we are finding ourselves at maximum capacity more and more frequently.’

The Special Care Cat Unit will cost £195,000 to build and will complement the top class care that Ferne Animal Sanctuary provides to the animals 365 days of the year. To donate please visit the ‘Donate Now’ page of our website.