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Cats Protection Halesowen branch overrun with kittens
3:31pm Tuesday 14th August 2012 in News
Halesowen Cats Protection volunteer Jeanette Hill with Chewy and Joy Tomkins with Jack Sparrow. To buy pic: 341255M.
HALESOWEN Cats Protection is struggling to cope with an influx of kittens which has seen running costs mount to £2k a month.
The hard working branch has 65 cats and kittens in its care and has been forced to refuse requests to take in more homeless moggies.
It is desperately seeking new owners to take some of its animals as well as donations of clothing and scrap metal to help meet the mounting costs of food, litter and vets bills.
A rehoming day is being held on Saturday (August 18) at The Big Pet Store in Hereward Rise, Halesowen, from 10am till 2pm.
Fosterer Joy Tomkins said around four of the branch’s 37 volunteers are spending twelve hours a day on the road sometimes clocking up as many as 100 miles taking animals to and from the vets, picking up donations and trapping cats.
Joy said: “We are struggling to cope. It’s horrible having to refuse requests to take more cats but we just don’t have any choice.
“I’ve got them in my bedroom, living room and two pens.
“It’s really bad - this is why we need to get out there and get cats neutered.”
The branch only has six fosterers. Among the moggies in Joy’s care are a one-eyed kitten named Jack Sparrow who was found with his litter in a bin in a West Bromwich school, two ginger kittens found in a factory in Cradley Heath and a kitten with no toes on one foot called Chewey.
Anyone who wants to home a cat or donate items can call Joy on 01384 859501 or 0750 5072980.